Converting The Soul

Psalms 19:7
The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple.



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Sunday, November 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (383): James 2:11-12 states, “For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” We shall all be judged by the keeping of the Ten Commandments or the lack thereof, the law that liberates us from sin, which we are in bondage to. The law is not bondage. The law is freedom for Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32), and “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:34). Therefore, do you keep the commandments and are not guilty of breaking them by the grace of God, living the expected holy and sanctified life, or are you still in bondage to sin?

Friday, November 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (382): Hebrews 8:10 states, “For this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” Many Christians dismiss this from applying to Christians forgetting that “he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God” (Romans 2:29), and “if ye [be] Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). God’s people are not the literal Jews today or Israel. God’s people are those in Christ -- Christians. So, is the law written in your heart, or do you really think God abolished the law creating a poor witness by “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5) “to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24) into sin ignoring that “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3)?

Thursday, November 25, 2021

“Praise ye the LORD” (Psalms 104:35). “Give thanks unto the LORD” (1 Chronicles 16:8). This is a recognized holiday in the United States pointing to the time of the early pilgrims, though we do not promote over eating and riotous activities, we pause and see that the Bible says in Revelation 12:14-16, “And to the woman”, which is the church (Jeremiah 6:2, Isaiah 51:16, Revelation 21:9) “were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time,” (a period of 1,260 years for a day in prophecy is a year according to Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6 covering the period of the dark ages) “from the face of the serpent”, the Devil (Revelation 12:9). “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood”, which are multitudes of people (Revelation 17:15) “after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth” or sparsely populated place on earth, such as the United States at the time, “helped the woman”, represented by the pilgrims at that time, “and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth”, hence, for the most part, the inquisitions, the slaying of Protestants that wanted to follow the Bible, has quieted down. So, remember the act of God in using this country to escape Satan’s attacks as it changes from “two horns like a lamb” representing two strong Christian principles into the fact that “he spake as a dragon” (Revelation 13:11) by passing laws that are of Satan, like forcing people against their wills, as is even happening today.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (381): Titus 3:10-11 states, “A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.” A heretic is one that believes and practices false religious doctrines. No wonder the Bible says, regarding the followers of Jesus Christ versus antichrist, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). Therefore, believing and practicing Jesus’ doctrines is the holy and sanctified life. Everyone else are heretics. And many denominations, almost all of them except one, are heretics. How do I know? Someone has a wrong doctrine somewhere if we are not united under one name. And even under that one name there are heretics if they simply take on the name but do not put into practice the proper doctrines. Of course, God winks at ignorance (Acts 17:30), therefore, all individuals in the wrong church are not heretics as they live to the light they have. Now, take for instance how a person is baptized for it divides many denominations. Those that do not care how one is baptized and offer freedom of choice are inclusive of the heretical doctrine and are guilty. Those that have only the biblical method allowed are correct on that doctrine. But then let us move do the state of the dead, the allowance or disallowance of unclean foods, the broad or not so broad coverage of grace. So, are you a heretic accepting of any belief, or are you living and practicing the holy and sanctified life as outlined by the doctrines of Jesus Christ?

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (380): 2 Timothy 3:12-13 tells of only two classes of people: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” The godly or those living a sanctified life and those that are evil. Do not think there is just an average class that loves Jesus but are just not godly thinking since they are pretty good, they will go to Heaven. First, no one can be pretty good or even good at all to get to Heaven. Salvation is merited by Christ alone. Second, a godly life is not drudgingly achieved. It is the fruit of salvation. If Jesus has “saved” us, we will be godly, otherwise we are evil, even if we claim to be saved. Any sinning classes that person as being evil (Psalms 51:4). Therefore, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). So, are you a godly person not sinning, or at least if you do sin, immediately confess it and forsake the sin (1 John 2:1), or are you an evil person sinning a little here or there, and may also have a distaste for godly, goody-two-shoed Christians?

Monday, November 22, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (379): 1 Timothy 4:11 states, “These things command and teach.” Commands are not given if they are not expected to be followed, therefore the commands and teachings are expected to be followed by born-again Christians making up the holy and sanctified life. Jesus said to all of His disciples in all generations to go forth “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Christians who take a life time to give up sinning are being fooled. All our known sins are to be repented off and then be baptized (Acts 2:38). We are to “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). If we happen to have a week moment, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). The only sins that take a life time to give up are those that we are not aware of but become aware of for “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). So, are you following the commands and teachings, or are you just claiming faith and grace living in disobedience?

Sunday, November 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (378): 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 starts with “For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you” and ends with “to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.” There is a standard to being a Christian. It is the holy and sanctified life. Being disorderly at all is not the example Paul set that we are to follow and it certainly is not becoming of a true Christian. Some will say, “I don’t get drunk in public and cause issue or fall down!” Disorderly goes far beyond it. It includes the simple things like making sure one is living in a clean environment and not as a slob (Deuteronomy 23:14), not being slothful (many places in Proverbs), not being resistant to even the horrible government laws (Titus 3:1) as long as they do not conflict with God’s laws (Acts 5:29), etc. So, how disorderly in God’s eyes are you?

Friday, November 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (377): 1 Thessalonians 5:12 is addressed to the members of God’s church: “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you.” What are we admonished by the leaders to do? Believe harder? No. We are admonished when we step off the path of the holy and sanctified life for “if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20). Here, we have someone that was practicing the truth, strayed through temptation into a little sinning here and there. Then the process of converting that person back is called admonishing, and when that person gives up their sins and is converted back from their backsliding, they are off the path towards death and back onto the path of life, life eternal, with all their sinning hidden or washed away. So, do you listen to admonishing if it applies, or do you just have a good time socializing, if you go to church at all?

Thursday, November 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (376): Quick readers of the Bible, “in name only” Christians will not catch this phrase and apply it to mean the holy and sanctified life is expected of a born-again Christian, otherwise, they are not born-again and not saved. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” We see our hearts are to be ruled. To be ruled is to follow rules. What are the rules? Submitting to having the “peace of God”. That is not a feeling, as so many people think it means for a feeling is not a rule. To have the peace of God is to have something else leave – sin. One cannot be sinning and have the peace of God. They do not coexist in a person. That is the devil’s lie. This is why God demonstrated to the world that a “peace offering” was to be made for sin (Leviticus 4:26, 4:35, 7:37, 9:22, etc.) pointing to what Jesus would provide. This is why Jesus is known as “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) “for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and why, after He rose, accomplishing the task, said, “Peace [be] unto you” (John 20:26). “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14:27). The world thinks peace is settling an argument while Jesus offers peace to have our sins that separate us from God to be put out of our lives, not just a penalty removal process while we keep sinning, but real victory. The drunkard can stop drinking. The drug addict can stop shooting up. So, does the peace of God rule your heart, or do you rule your heart doing what you feel like doing?

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (375): In Philippians 4:9, Paul commands Christians to copy his example as a Christian as well as what was taught. “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” So, do you have the God of peace with you doing those things that Paul taught and exampled, which is the holy and sanctified life, or do you not have the God of peace with you because you obey sin instead?

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (374): Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us that although anger is not always a sin, sin is to be avoided and no room is to be given to the devil. “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” When we lose control during an angry moment, that is when anger becomes a sin. Jesus was angry when flipping tables (Matthew 21:12), but He was in control of the anger since He knew who to focus His anger upon because during the height of Jesus’ anger, “the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them” (Matthew 21:14). Keeping anger under control, even making no room for the devil to get into our lives trying to tempt us to sin, is the holy and sanctified life. So, do you lash out at the innocent when you are having a bad moment, or do you keep your anger in check directing your anger where it belongs and no further?

Monday, November 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (373): 2 Corinthians 7:15 tells us the expected life of born-again Christians that really believe upon Jesus: “And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.” True Christians obey. They obey as Jesus told us, His disciples, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). They obey the gospel as opposed to those “that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16), where “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), so we obey the Ten Commandments. Now, as fruit of salvation, do you obey, or are you making a mockery of grace thinking obedience does not matter?

Sunday, November 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (372): 1 Corinthians 6:18 says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” So, all that are involved in any form of fornication are going against the expected holy and sanctified life. Many Christians would agree that engaging in adulterous relationships probably means that such a person was never truly converted, at least that is the excuse, but they forget that fornication can be committed by anyone on different levels. The use of porn, lusting after the opposite gender, creating fantasies in the mind, watching nudity of any sort, participating in multiple sex partners while unmarried, etc. are all classed with fornication. That broadens the inclusion of those that enjoy such things. Paul does not have to say, “If you don’t flee, you go to hell.” Elsewhere we are gold that (Jude 1:7, Galatians 5:19-21). So, is fornication out of your life, or do you justify it by some form of “once saved, always saved” because all you think you need to do is “believe” or even “believe and be baptized”?

Friday, November 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (371): In the fourth and fifth chapters in the Book of Romans, Paul shows how Abraham and the descendants were saved by the same means we are saved, Jesus Christ, destroying the notion that Old Testament people were saved by the commandments and being circumcised but we are saved without the commandments and without circumcision. No one is saved by keeping the commandments. After concluding that, Paul then made it very clear: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). Anyone sinning, which “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), is fooling themselves. It is expected that the Christian will live by grace where they fell short of keeping the commandments but no longer live in breaking the commandments. So, are you thinking you are saved by having lots of grace through your daily sinning, or do you see that we are not saved by the commandments but grace does not permit us to break them either?

Thursday, November 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (370): Acts 14:22 says, “Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” To continue in the faith is not merely telling the people, “Continue to believe in Jesus.” If it were all about belief, then why the tribulation? That implies actions are being observed. And to be exhorted means that this is a command that determines the expectation of a true Christian. Only actions, like avoiding idol worship, following the commandments of God instead of the pagan gods, etc. does tribulation occur. But today’s Christianity is all about accepting people of all religions, including paganism, and leaving them in their religion claiming that we all serve the same God. All who participate in such are not really Christian. So, are you one of God’s witnesses living a Christian life, or are you living a life that simply blends into society so no one knows if you are a Christian or not?

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (369): At first, John 5:24 may appear to be a message of “just believe and you shall be saved”, but it is not. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” To hear the word of God and then believe on Jesus is more than acknowledging that Jesus is the Son of God and provides eternal life. Even the devil believes that (James 2:19). If we really believe on Jesus, we would obey what He says. “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). “Blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). It is like a mother scolding a child and says, “Do you hear me!” That is not about words going into the child’s ears; it is about obedience to those words. So, are you obedient to the words of Jesus or not?

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (368): From Luke 6:27 to 34, Jesus describes how a Christian is to interact with others, especially our enemies. Then He summarizes, “But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and [to] the evil” (Luke 6:35). That great reward is Heaven. That means if we do not do those things, Heaven is not ours. So, how do you treat those that hate you, curse you, use you, smite you, steal from you?

Monday, November 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (367): Mark 9:45 are the words of Jesus being addressed to “whosoever” (Mark 9:42): “And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.” That means if we are thinking we are “saved” or not, anyone that is quick to run to evil, from the symbolic use of the word “foot” as opposed to the “hand” in the prior verses and “eye” in the subsequent verses, will go to hell. It is better to cut off the curiosity. It is best not to be associated with the evil. If one wants eternal life, they will cut that out of their lives and live a holy and sanctified life. So, have you spiritually cut off your foot?

Sunday, November 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (366): Matthew 12:50 says, “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.” These are not going to be people closer to Jesus in Heaven compared to Christians who do not do God’s will yet claim to be saved. It is only those that do the Father’s will that go to Heaven for Jesus will say to many Christians, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23). These Christians live in iniquity, which is the breaking of God’s law because sin and iniquity are synonyms (Revelation 18:5) and “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Further, David said, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8) where the new covenant is supposed to be: “This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them” (Hebrews 10:16). So, are you doing God’s will in keeping the commandments, or disobeying them being workers of iniquity?

Friday, November 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (365): In Revelation 3:11, we are told that “once saved, always saved” is a lie. To “hold that fast which thou hast” means one has eternal life but we are to guard it so “that no man take thy crown”, which means that it can be snatched away. So, take heed because “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” What actually are we holding onto? It is not just holding onto Jesus Christ but according to verse 12, it deals with how someone can take our crown: “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name.” through temptation into sin, we can choose to leave the protective hand of God and live like everyone else lives – carelessly sinning. So, are you resisting the ways of the world, even overcoming the sins by living a holy and sanctified life, or are you not overcoming but periodically participate in sin and even excusing the existence of it in your life?

Thursday, November 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (364): 1 John 3:3 clearly teaches the expectation of a born-again Christian: “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” To be pure is to be holy and sanctified. First, we are told, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). As we spend time in God’s Word, we find what the specific expectations are. Then realize, “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). And then “we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). And then, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3) realizing that “unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). In plain language, search the scriptures to see what Christians do and do not do. We are not condemned for those sins that we did not know about, but it is at that moment when we repent and cease doing it by the grace of God, we are purifying ourselves through His divine power. This process does not happen on the day of baptism or in a matter of a set time but should proceed for the rest of our lives – a work of a lifetime. So, are you in the process of purifying or carelessness?

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (363): 2 Peter 3:11 tells us at the end of the verse about the expectation for a Christian to be holy and sanctified: “[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness.” So, is your conversation, even the body expressions holy and godly?

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (362): 1 Peter 2:13 begins with, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme,” and 1 Peter 2:16 ends with, “as the servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16). As long as the ordinance of man does not conflict with God, for “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), even if we disagree with the law, we are to comply. It may not appear as the holy and sanctified life but the resisting of self, thinking, “This is a dumb law. I’m not going to follow it!” but choosing to follow it because we are servants of God is where holiness sets in. So, are you a natural resister to the stupid laws of the land, or do you find ways to comply with them as best as you can, short of compromising God’s commands?

Monday, November 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (361): If commandment keeping, which is the holy and sanctified life, were not expected of a Christian, then James 2:11 would be meaningless: “For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.” Clearly, this is referring to the Ten Commandments. Clearly Christians are able to transgress the law. And, “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), where “because he hath sinned, and is guilty” (Leviticus 6:4), keeping in mind that God “will by no means clear [the guilty]” (Exodus 34:7). So, are you guilty of sinning, even in the slightest, against the Ten Commandments, especially when preachers tell you erroneously that the Commandments have been nailed to the cross, or are you avoiding the guilt by confessing the sins and have Him be “faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)?

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Daniel 8:11-12 states, “Yea, he magnified [himself] even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily [sacrifice] was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an host was given [him] against the daily [sacrifice] by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 7 says, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth [will let], until he be taken out of the way.” 2 John 1:7, 9 reveals “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” These writers (Daniel, Paul, John) are the primary writers revealing that starting in the first century of the Christian Church, a religious power began to appear on the scene casting the truth to the ground and changing Christ’s doctrines, basically working against Christ’s teaching becoming known as antichrist. One particular man was raised up by God, along with others, to bring everyone’s attention to this fact by nailing a thesis on a church door in Germany. His name was Martin Luther. His desire was to have the church of the day come back to the doctrines of Christ, yeah, even follow the Bible specifically instead of exalting human councils above the Bible, but as in his day it is still today, just about every denomination is unbiblical. Their practices are not substantiated through the Bible. Sure, many will point to a scripture, but the proper method to derive doctrine (Isaiah 28:9-10), reveals error, much error. So, do you see yourself being more biblical standing a distance from your church, or have you been brainwashed into thinking that doctrines do not matter? [Happy reformation day!]

Friday, October 29, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (360): Hebrews 6:9 declares what was identified prior about the expected holy and sanctified life is connected to salvation in that without such a life, we are lost (Hebrews 12:14), though with such a life, we do not earn Heaven. “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.” With that said, Hebrews 6:12 states, “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” The only thing one can be slothful at is work. Our holy and sanctified life is not to be approached slothfully. We are to be followers, which is to conduct our lives in the expected holy and sanctified way, and by faith that we can while being patient if we fall along the way to get up, “For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). And it ends again, as a reminder, that such a life is connected to the eternal, inheritable promises. So, are you slothful in your holy works or diligent?

Thursday, October 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (359): Titus 3:8 states, “[This is] a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” The good works is the holy and sanctified life. What shall it profit unto men? Eternal life is the answer for “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Where there is no holiness in the life, we shall not see the Lord. Now, the good works do not earn seeing the Lord, but good works reveal that we have been saved. Remember, Jesus “shall reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27). And it is not a matter of putting good works into the day, but rather all day that we live a life approved of God, a holy life all the day long. So, what do your works reveal?

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (358): 2 Timothy 3:10 is subtle but it is there for us to live by knowledge and look upon as the example of what a Christian is expected to be -- holy and sanctified – especially when Paul also wrote, “to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us” (2 Thessalonians 3:9). “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience.” Doctrine is the knowledge of a sanctified life while the manner of life is the example. This is why we are to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Now, are you obeying the knowledge you are gaining from God’s Word of a holy life and following Paul’s example?

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (358): 1 Timothy 4:8 tells us that it is the godly people that go to Heaven, which is a life of holiness, a life that is sanctified: “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” So, a person can say they believe all that they want, but unless they are godly, which is supplied by God through His “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) that so many Christians are “denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5) thinking they shall sin for the rest of their lives, such people will be lost. Mouthing “I’m saved” but living ungodly, which includes allowance of any amount of sinning, is not sufficient for salvation. So, do you live godly or ungodly?

Monday, October 25, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (357): 2 Thessalonians 3:6 is a command to all Christians showing forth the expected holy life that we ought to live. “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.” It is expected to not walk disorderly, which is not about being drunk. Anything short of the standard of God, the Ten Commandments, is disorderly. So, if lying is prevalent in the church, that would be a disorderly conduct that we are not to be associated with. If brethren are taking part in fornication, like the Corinthian Church was involved in, that would be disorderly conduct that we are not to participate in. It also includes those that disrespect authority, steal, are hurtful in any manner, foul mouthed, etc. Not only are we not to participate in such, but we are not to be associated with such Christians that do. If a bunch of foul mouth Christian teenagers are inviting an upright Christian to a cookout, watch a movie, or do anything, the upright Christians is to refuse the offer. If adults are conversing with one another saying, “Oh, it is okay to look but not touch”, move away from such supposed Christians, as they disregard the words of Jesus (Matthew 5:28). Further, the use of the word “tradition” is not like holiday traditions or superstitious activities, but rather a reference to doctrine and even, according to the Bible Lexicon, the written law that we know better as the Ten Commandments. So, are you disorderly or have you ordered your Christians walk properly? Do you follow or obey what the apostles, even what Jesus taught, or are you following your own ways?

Sunday, October 24, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (356): 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 states, “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.” Christians are commanded to be honest, especially towards those outside of the faith. Being honest is part of being holy and sanctified, the expectation when one is born-again. Therefore, if we claim to be saved and are not always honest, we are lying to ourselves about being saved. The verse that states that to believe is to be saved (Acts 16:31) in no wise cancels out the requirement of obedience. A true believer believes in the power of God to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). So, do you believe God can give you the power to always be honest, or are you and unbeliever?

Friday, October 22, 2021

Did you know that God “hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all [men], in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Following God’s pattern, where “Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary” (Psalms 77:13), we find seven major feast days connected with the sanctuary, where the first is called Passover, and it is said, “Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7). Those feast days represent what Christ is doing for us including purging our sins (1 Corinthians 5:7), being the first fruits (1 Corinthians 15:23), sending the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (Acts 2:1), and more. The feast for judging is the sixth one called the atonement where everyone “shall afflict your souls” (Leviticus 23:27), a term of judging. Therefore, with the seventh feast connected to the second coming, judgment happens prior so that when Jesus shows up, “he shall reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27). Now, the day that is appointed for the judgment is found in Daniel 8:14. Have you studied it out that timeline to see when that day is? [We offer a Bible study on it. Just ask for it.]

Thursday, October 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (355): Call it by different names, but the expectation of a born-again Christian is to live a holy, sanctified, righteous, godly, even a life striving for perfection. Colossians 3:14 states, “And above all these things [put on] charity, which is the bond of perfectness.” And how is charity developed? By having “brotherly kindness” (2 Peter 1:7). But how does one develop brotherly kindness since it is not born in us? By living in “godliness” (2 Peter 1:7). And godliness comes from developing “patience” (2 Peter 1:6), but we cannot have patience if we do not have “temperance” (2 Peter 1:6). And temperance is developed from gaining godly “knowledge” (2 Peter 1:6), but we do not naturally seek such so we must want to live a life of virtue (2 Peter 1:5), which begins by having faith (2 Peter 1:5). So, a born-again Christian will move from just claiming faith onto stiving to put on charity, of which now in proper sequence of development, one can see why it is a bond of perfectness. So, are you still back claiming to be saved by faith, even grace while being intemperate and impatient, or have you moved up through the steps from just having faith to seeking virtue, then knowledge, then temperance, then patience, then godliness, then brotherly kindness, then charity?

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (354): Philippians 4:8 tells us what to focus our minds upon. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Again, we know the words “only”, “command”, “required”, etc. do not appear in the verse, therefore, Christians think this is simply a nice verse but allowance for a little fun, usually involving a little sin, is not forbidden. It is forbidden! This is what is meant by “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). This list is what Christ lived and as Christians, it is expected that “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), otherwise we carry the name Christian while thinking our ways. There is even a parable stating that Christianity would reduce itself to just such a position: “We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach” (Isaiah 4:1). So, are you wearing your own righteousness claiming to be saved while calling yourself Christian, which means to be a follower of Christ, and that you expect your sins to be removed no matter what you allow your mind to dwell upon, or are you truly disciplined where Jesus says, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (353): Claiming to be saved or pointing just the at people who are unsaved, the truly saved do not lie: “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Ephesians 4:25). There is no such thing as a “white lie”. It is not acceptable for a Christian to play tricks through lying. Telling stories of make-believe characters, especially one that carries all aspects of God to his name and is celebrated in the month of December, is still a lie, and a big one at that. Jesus even said, “let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37). We are not to answer a question jokingly the opposite way. Jesus said that such is evil. So, can it be said of you, “in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:5), or do you excuse lying in your life?

Monday, October 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (352): 2 Corinthians 7:10 tells us the difference between a sanctified and holy person as opposed to a worldly person. “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” A worldly person is sorry for what they did when they are found out and even look for better ways to get away with it next time. They repent in such a way hoping that the consequences are simply forgotten. A godly person will repent as well as being sorry, and look for ways to repair the damage. To repent is to stop doing it, and to truly be sorry is to realize the ramification of their actions. Sin is destructive to relationships, be it human to human or human to God. When a godly person realizes their sin, they will ask for forgiveness, and evidently, if we do not have true sorrow and repentance, there is no salvation for true repentance and sorrow leads to salvation. So, are you sorry for all of your sins, and have repented of them, or do you treat sin, even the little ones, as a light thing?

Sunday, October 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (350): 1 Corinthians 6:13 tells us “Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body [is] not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.” It does not tell us that saved people who commit fornication or are given to appetite are exempt. No! This applies to everyone. And if we do not have a sanctified life regarding our appetite and regarding our sexual attention, even if it is just in the mind as Jesus told us (Matthew 5:28), shall be destroyed. So, where does your mind wonder and what do you feed your belly?

Friday, October 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (350): Romans 3:31 is so clear on the expectation for a Christian. “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). It is true that “a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law” (Romans 3:28), but justification is about how we are saved. Sanctification is how we live after we have been justified. If we continue to break the law, we are then stuck in needing justified, and if we think we are saved that way and do not constantly ask for justification, we are lost. Besides, we are not to be in an infinite loop of sinning, asking for forgiveness, sinning, asking for forgiveness, … “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not” (1 John 5:18). Justification is the forgiveness of sin and cleansing of all unrighteousness at the point of confession (1 John 1:9). Sanctification is allowing the “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) to work in us having Him keep us from falling into sin (Jude 1:24). Sanctification also is what prepares us to dwell with holy beings who have never sinned. Establishing the law does not do away with it, change it, discarded it, downgrade the importance of it, etc. We basically live the life Jesus set before us where we deny ourselves the pleasures this world has to offer, face the temptations to indulge in those things, and just obey whatever is commanded by Jesus. So, are you establishing the law in your life, or are you claiming the wrong version of faith by having no regard to obeying His law?

Thursday, October 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (349): Acts 14:15 tells us “And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.” Leaving the fake gods, leaving the fake religions, and serving the living God only is the holy and sanctified life. It may not appear too broad in this verse for declaring the expectation, but it is broad enough to realize that we do not all serve the same God. Only one offers eternal life and only “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36). So, do you abide in Jesus or do you serve vanity?

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (348): John 4:23-24 states twice about worshipping God properly and if not, even if one claims to be saved, they will be lost. “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.” The word “must” makes it a requirement. So, have you searched the scripture for truth on what you believe, or do you believe the opposite of what Jesus taught going along with most Christians thinking it does not matter what beliefs one has classifying oneself as part of anti-Christ?

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (347): Luke 6:20-26 contrasts those that are blessed (those that are poor, hunger, weep, reproached) with those that have woes against them (those that basically are living it up without regard to others known as the rich, laughers, full, well-spoken of). Those that are rich or have fullness is not condemned if they are helping those that are in the blessed group. It is not a sin to be rich. Now, if we are in the blessed group, we are saved. If we are in the woe group, we are lost. Which group are you in?

Monday, October 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (346): Coincidently, Mark 9:43, the next verse in sequence that reveals the expected holy and sanctified life, is Mark’s version of yesterday’s post from Matthew on the same subject. “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.” Seeing that the hand represents our actions (Ecclesiastes 9:10), if sinful actions are not cut off, and it does not matter if one claims to be saved or not, then explicitly the word “hell” is our destination. So, what do your actions reveal is your destination, referring to Romans 6:16 on obedience?

Sunday, October 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (345): According to Matthew 5:30, Jesus expects His followers to cut off actions that lead to hell. He does not want us cutting off our hand literally. “And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.” The right hand is a combination of two items: actions (Ecclesiastes 9:10) and approval or willingness (Genesis 48:14 and many others). Therefore, if we are willing giving into actions that lead to hell and justifying our way all along through various excuses and reasonings but do not cut those actions off, hell is our destination. Jesus was not addressing any particular group but everyone. So, do not tell us that “But I’m saved”. That is exactly what the devil wants Christians to believe – being saved in sinning. Our actions reveal if we are saved. Our actions do not save us, but “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” So, what path do your actions reveal your destination is going to be?

Friday, October 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (344): Revelation 3:10 states, “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” That means if we do not keep His Word, we shall not be kept during temptation, which is what Satan tries to use to entice God’s people to choose to leave God and enjoy sin over righteousness. And the whole world is involved while stating no exceptions, especially anyone simply claiming to be saved. Therefore, keeping the Word, obeying it, is the expected sanctified life of a Christian. Are you living by God’s Word or by what you feel is right or maybe you do not even care because you think you are eternally saved already?

Thursday, October 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (343): 1 John 2:29 states, “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” Born again Christians simply live a righteous, holy, sanctified life. Those that are Christian in name only do not live such a life and will be lost. It does not excuse those that are “saved”. If they are truly “saved”, then they would cease from all unrighteousness by God’s divine power that He is willing to give to all of us to live that godly life (2 Peter 1:3). Therefore, there ought to be no question of who is born again and headed to Heaven and who are just pretending. Are you pretending or are you really born again?

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (342): 2 Peter 3:9 is subtle with the call to a holy and sanctified life. It does not say that God is longsuffering for all of us to “believe” but to “repent”. “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Repentance is a sorrow for sin (Psalms 38:18), a willingness to stop (2 Corinthians 8:12), a confession to God for forgiveness (1 John 1:9), a justification or forgiveness from God for a good confession (1 John 1:9), and then the expectancy not to do those sins again (Hebrews 10:26). That is repentance and that last part is the expected holy and sanctified life. So, do you truly repent, or do you just daily sin, confess, repeat? Maybe you no longer even confess your sins feeling all sure of yourself that you are going to Heaven, which is a greater deception.

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

1 Peter 2:11-12 clearly teaches that temptation can entice a Christian away from God and that we are not just guaranteed to be saved. In fact, temptation does not begin until we are a Christian. And the goal of Satan is for us to leave the protective hand by our free will to choose, otherwise, there would be no temptation if the prize were not so grand. And these verses tell us where he attacks and what the expectation of a Christian happens to be along with our purpose after being a Christian. “Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” Fleshly lusts are not just the sexual category of sleeping around and watching filth. It includes any simple choice to satisfy the desires of the body, those cravings. It includes eating junk food, watching inappropriate even “G” rated TV and movies, listening to worldly music, appreciation of the simple touch of inappropriate activity, and more. It is any selfish gratification of the body, mind, or soul. The holy and sanctified life is to resist the call of these things: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), setting an example for unbelievers to follow. A Christian should be able to accomplish a lot in life. Why? Because we do not sit back and waste time in front of entertainment, a thing that the body craves to do almost every day. So, can you say that the “old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”, including being entertained by it (Romans 6:6)?

Monday, October 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (340): James 2:10 clearly states, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.” And, with us being guilty, God says that He “will by no means clear [the guilty]” (Exodus 34:7), therefore, hell would be our future. The only option we have is that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But confession means that we do not want to do that anymore and cease by the power of God from doing it. God does not want us living in sin, confess, sin, confess, …, mode. Therefore, the expectation is to live by the whole law, which is the holy and sanctified life. So, is that your life?

Sunday, October 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (339): Hebrews 6:7-8 is metaphor for the holy and sanctified life. “For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it,” which is symbolic of receiving the Holy Spirit (James 5:7). “And bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed,” which is to bear the fruit of the Spirit and go forth winning souls (Matthew 13:32, Isaiah 66:14). “Receiveth blessing from God”, which is the approval of God, which is the holy and sanctified life (Jeremiah 31:23). On the other hand, “But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected,” which is an un-Christian character, which is even living in sin (Hosea 10:8). “And [is] nigh unto cursing;” or receiving the condemnation of God (Daniel 9:11). “Whose end [is] to be burned”, which is hell (Deuteronomy 32:22). So, which path are you living shown by your lifestyle? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16).

Friday, October 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (338): Titus 3:3-7 is again a very plain collection of verses. “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, [and] hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Please read it properly. Yes, we receive the free gift of mercy, freely saved, freely made heirs, etc., but do not miss the sanctification part. First, the use of the word “were” means that once we are a Christian, we do not do those things that are listed. The word “sometimes” means that, in general, when we did practice such things, we were not always evil, but it just takes a little sin here and there to count us as evil, wicked, etc., in God’s eyes. Therefore, those that say that they are a pretty good Christian is not really a Christian. It is all or lost with God (Matthew 22:37). The words “after that” is where we become holy people keeping in mind none of those holy or righteous acts counts for salvation but staying in any of the evil can count us as lost. The words “washing”, “regeneration”, and “renewing” are all words describing leaving an unholy life and living a holy one. So, are you washed, saved, regenerated, renewed, or are you just a Christian in disguise enjoying being foolish, disobedient to the Ten Commandments, living in deception, serving desires and the pleasures of this world, just for starters?

Thursday, September 30, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (337): 2 Timothy 3:1-4 tells us that in the last days, there will be a list of sins openly practiced in the church, meaning, that they are not to be part of us. We know it is in the church because these sins have always been practiced by the general public and specifically, verse 5 says, “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” The world never had a form of godliness, putting on their best church clothes with their noses stuck in the air. Therefore, we are to avoid those sins, in fact, all sin. It is not permitted to be practiced among Christians. That means that Heaven will not accept such practicing sinners into Heaven either. So, are you avoiding those sins by living the holy and sanctified life, or are you going along with the modern church movement and seeing nothing wrong with those sins and even believing that it is impossible to stop doing them?

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (336): 1 Timothy 4:7 is not just instructions for a minister, “But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself [rather] unto godliness.” All of us are expected to not listen to old wives’ fables or superstitions. Instead, all of us should exercise that which is godliness, holy living, a sanctification life. So, are you given to such fables and superstitions thinking they are harmless, or do you live your life to God?

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (335): 2 Thessalonians 3:5 again is glossed over by most Christians. “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” And many Christians think they have “the love of God” when they “cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). To love with all of the mind means that we would not even think of a little sinning. With all the soul, we would not even allow sin in our life for sinning is not ALL but an attempt at both God and mammon. Then Jesus plainly states, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). Therefore, if one truly loves God, they will have no other gods before God including pastors, parents, friends, even ourselves in place of God’s ways through His Word, as many try to dismiss His commands. We will not have idols in our lives including watching celebrities perform on TV, movies, singing, and whatever else, or be chasing after wealth, etc. It means we would wear the name Christian properly and not act like the world. And, we will keep the Sabbath day, not just an hour at church, holy. All day we would cease from our secular labors and activities. So now, do you really love God, which is living a holy life?

Monday, September 27, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (334): 1 Thessalonians 4:9 tells us clearly, “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” So, if we say we are a Christian and do not love one another, we are lost. Now, before one says, “Oh, I’m very kind to my brethren”, Jesus tells us what the standard is in loving one another. “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:39-40). The Ten Commandments tells us how to love God and love one another. Therefore, if we love one another, we shall not steal from them, or lie, or covet, or kill, even commit adultery or disrespect authority, especially our parents. Even Paul brings this list out in Romans 13:9-10. Now, how are you doing on loving one another?

Sunday, September 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (333): Colossians 3:11-12 tells us directly how a true Christian conducts themselves, though it is not all exhaustive as proper Bible study includes gathering all of the verses on the matter together (Isaiah 28:9-10). But even this list is quite lengthy and disqualifies many Christians today from Christianity. “Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.” Also addressed is that there is no difference between Jew or non-Jew (Greek). Therefore, the instructions given to in Hebrews is not for Hebrews only but for all, which is addressing a side argument that Christians try to excuse themselves from applying. All of the Bible is to be applied. Stop cutting it up and saying who it is for. The Bible is for the true Christian. Are you one? And, in the meantime, do you live by these principles, or are you a Christian in name only?

Thursday, September 23, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (331): Again, we have a blatant expectation of what a true Christian is to be like after they have been freely saved through Christ and have been forgiven of their sins (justification) and now are ready to go on with the rest of their life. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24). And yet, today’s average Christian continues to eat and drink like the world, participate in the same activities as everyone else, and even speak with the same careless and offensive words. So, are you a new man or woman living a holy and sanctified life, or are you still the old person you used to be with a thin guise of claiming to be a Christian, claiming to be saved?

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (330): 2 Corinthians 7:1 is quite perplexing. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” This verse is so straight forward to call Christians to a holy and sanctified life. Is it because it uses the word “let” instead of “I command you” that Christians ignore it? Do Christians think the word “let” means optional? The Christian walk is always by invitation and not threat (Revelation 22:17). Therefore, people are invited to do this while rejecting the invitation means hell (Matthew 22:13). The only thing I can think of is that people are so brainwashed, in that, they are taught that Jesus died so they can be careless regarding sin, maybe not so directly, and when the truth is so blatantly before their eyes, they cannot see it. Or, people are so idolizing an easy gospel that they purposely dismiss anything to the contrary. We are to cleanse ourselves by the power of God (2 Peter 1:3) of filthiness, which is sin for “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), therefore, the Ten Commandments is the standard to which we are to live in perfecting holiness since “the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good” (Romans 7:12). So, are you perfecting holiness?

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (329): 1 Corinthians 5:12 involves people judging, just as Jesus taught, though many, even of Christians, do not think Jesus told us to judge: “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20) and “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24). Now, to the Corinthians, “what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?”, and verse 13 tells us what to do with those that produce bad fruits: “But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person”, keeping in mind that wicked people are simply inclusive of those that refuse to give up their sins (Proverbs 10:16). As a result, there must be a standard to judge by. That standard must be consistent and unchanging for all time. So, they are not simply church rules, like no chewing gum during the sermon. No. It is more serious to be casting out members over. Basically, the standard, as it has been from the beginning of time is the heavenly law known as the Ten Commandments, which the originals are kept safe in Heaven (Revelation 11:19). Now, what fruit are you producing?

Monday, September 20, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (328): Romans 2:17-29 discusses hypocritical Jews that teach the commandments while breaking them and applying spiritual circumcision to the Gentiles when they actually keep the law. All are the considered Jews, either physically or spiritually. It is the physical Jews that are not hypocrites and the spiritual Jews (Gentiles that keep the commandments) that are right before God and is the expected holy and sanctified lifestyle. So, do you “do and teach [them]” for “the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19), or do you “break one of these least commandments and” “teach men so” for “he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19)?

Sunday, September 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (327): Acts 13:48 says, “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.” Those that quickly read the Bible or listen to preachers who skip this verse without studying the Bible for themselves will miss the expectation to live a holy and sanctified life. A command does not always start out with “I command you…”. Here, it begins with glorifying the Word of the Lord. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death” (John 8:51). “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). Jesus further said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Therefore, keeping or obeying the Word of God is to glorify it. To ignore, condemn, and just be disobedient is not glorifying the Word, and will be lost for “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). So, are you obeying Jesus’ doctrines through His Word or ignoring them?

Friday, September 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (326): John 3:36 is so misunderstood. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” “Just believe!”, many Christians say today. “Obedience is not required. The commandments mean nothing!”, they continue to chant. If belief is all that is necessary, “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19). Now, are the devils saved? “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 1:6). No, they are not saved. They shall receive judgment or punishment of hell in the end. Belief comes with action. If one believes a building is on fire, they will exit the building quickly. If one believes the brakes on the vehicle work, they will use them. If one believes that Jesus “is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24), “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me” (John 14:21). So, do you believe fully upon Jesus Who is able to help you live a holy and sanctified life obeying all of His commandments and even not sinning? Those that do have the strongest belief.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (325): Luke 5:38 is a parable regarding the expected holy and sanctified life. “But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.” The bottles are representative of people (Jeremiah 19:10-11). Wine is representative of doctrine (Jeremiah 51:7). That means that Jesus’ doctrine cannot be put into people who keep to their old habits and ways. “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Keep in mind, that old things are sinful ways and sinful does not mean being an adulterer, drug addict, etc. It also means that a person still uses foul words, enjoy the entertainments of the world, is selfish, basically does what society finds acceptable and not God. So, are you a person of a new and holy lifestyle, or are you still in your old, sinful ways?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (324): Mark 8:38 states, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” At first glance, it may not appear to mention the holy and sanctified life, but it is there in the word “ashamed” connected with Jesus and His words in comparison to this adulterous and sinful generation. Oh, we may believe in Jesus and acknowledge some form of the Bible containing a version of Jesus’ words, but do we live by them? We may acknowledge someone at a gathering but if we keep our distance, pretend to only hear what they say, it is the same thing that Jesus is referring to. In the context itself, the verse makes reference that all around us is spiritual adultery and sinfulness, along with literal adultery, of course, but we can tell that Jesus was focused upon the spiritual aspect as brought out in James 4:4 because not every person commits physical adultery yet are guilty. Therefore, if we are not ashamed, we shall avoid the spiritual adultery and avoid the sins of this generation. To avoid the sins is to obey God’s commandments, the holy and sanctified life, for “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Now, are you ashamed of Jesus or His Words by choosing to commit spiritual adultery, even participating in the sins of the world, or are you proud of Jesus, talking of Jesus, and obeying Him as He said, “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death” (John 8:51)?

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (323): Matthew 5:29 says, “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.” The multiple times that the words “thy” and “thee” appear is not to the Pharisee, not to just the Jews, and not even to unbelievers. Claiming to be saved does not exempt the application of the expected holy and sanctified life with consequence of hell if one does not comply. If our eyes lead to coveting, adultery, etc., we need to curb that, not physically plucking our eye or eyes out but “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, are you carelessly watching TV and movies, even reading material that is sensual, enticing, creating unnecessary wants, even if it is traveling the world wasting God’s funds here and there, or are you careful what your little eyes see?

Monday, September 13, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (322): Revelation 3:8-9 is next section of Revelation calling people to the holy and sanctified life. “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” It if very similar to the words of Jesus, Who said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). As for not denying Jesus, the Bible says, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). Therefore, both calls are calls to obedient, holy, and sanctified living. That is the expectation. So, are you obeying God’s Word and in all of your activities, are they God approved or Satan approved?

Sunday, September 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (321): 1 John 2:28 states, “And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” To abide is to obey. Obedience is connected to the time when Jesus “shall appear” or the second coming. Remember, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, are you living in obedience or sinning?

Friday, September 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (320): 2 Peter 3:1-2 couches in these two verses several references to the holy and sanctified walk of a true Christian. “This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in [both] which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.” Pure minds are what all Christians are expected to have for Paul wrote, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Even James 1:15 states that sin begins with impure thoughts, “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Being mindful of the words of the prophets is a reference to keeping the scriptures, in fact, “if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed” (2 Thessalonians 3:14). Clearly that tells us that such people are fake Christians if there is no obedience as we are not even to have company with that fake Christians that go around saying, “I’m saved” while disregarding God’s commands for obedience. Finally, the reference to the commandment of both the apostles and our Lord and Savior tells us that “we establish the law” (Romans 3:31) by keeping it and, as Jesus said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). Oh, and the fact that Jesus is not just our Savior but Lord as well places us under obligation to serve Him and nor ourselves, especially since Jesus said, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). No matter how one looks at these words of Peter, there are at least four calls to a holy and sanctified life. Are you answering any of them?

Thursday, September 09, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (319): 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Jesus says, “To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:18). Therefore, living in the light, which is a person not sinning, is the sanctified and holy life. Those that continue to sin are those that continue to be in darkness. So, are you still in darkness because you continue to sin, or are you being “kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” (1 Peter 1:5) in the light?

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (318): James 2:8-9 states, “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” And remember, “the wages of sin [is] death” (Romans 6:23). So, if we have the fruit of loving our neighbor as ourselves we are following the holy and sanctified life, but if we do not, we are headed to death, called hell. Again, there is no exception for those that simply believe they are saved. In fact, it is this fruit that reveals if we are saved or not. So, how do you treat your neighbor?

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (317): Hebrews 6:4-7 states very clearly, “For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.” Once we are “saved”, the expectation is not to be sinning. In fact, a true Christian will realize that our selfish act of sinning put Jesus to death, and that conviction makes them realize that every future act of sin places Jesus back on the cross, spiritually speaking. That overwhelming thought causes the true Christian, who has been enlightened to the perfect will of God in each one of us and have partaken of the Holy Ghost, to put out of there mind sin as an option in life, making it basically impossible to turn to an act of sin. Each sin committed demands repentance or it remains on our record and “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20). Only “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not”, but for those “oops” moments and only for those “oops” moments, “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). So, have you reached that point in your Christian life where sin is that detestable, or are you carelessly just thinking you are saved and allow whatever sins that you commit go unconfessed?

Monday, September 06, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (316): Titus 3:1-2 tells us what is expected of a Christian and if one does not act in this manner, they are not a Christian but selfish. “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.” Now, keep the submission to principalities and power along with obeying magistrates in balance for “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). Now, where there is no conflict with God’s law being forced upon the people, we are to obey even if we do not like it, but overall, we are to live according to these expectations. So, are you living this or living however you feel like it (selfishly)?

Sunday, September 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (315): 2 Timothy 2:25-26 may be the duty of a teacher of God’s Word, but the recipient is expected to live a holy and sanctified life. “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” The snare of the devil is through temptation into sin. Therefore, anyone captive in sin is lost. The teacher it to teach them to “observe all things whatsoever I [Jesus] have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Claiming to be saved or lost means nothing if we are excusing sin in our life, which “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), we shall be lost. Therefore, to break God’s commandments is sin and being brought into captivity of the devil. Jesus argued this very point with the Pharisees in John 8:32-34, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” So, are you on the side of the Pharisees and the devil thinking that sinning is no big deal because you believe you are saved anyways, or do you see that when you sin you are in captivity to the devil and, if not repented of, will be lost? So, let us “confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)!

Friday, September 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (314): 1 Timothy 4:1-3 gives warning to all Christians: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” That means there is an expected lifestyle of a Christian, which is the holy and sanctified life. A Christian will not depart the faith turning to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, which is exactly what yoga or even Christian yoga is along with variations of spiritualism, including following horoscopes. A Christina will not be speaking lies, especially in a hypocritical manner, which a hypocrite says one thing, like, “I’m saved”, and acts a different way like participating in the devil’s ways called sin. And such people have no sense of conscience that they are doing anything wrong. The forbidding of marriage is representative of the priests in the Catholic Church and abstaining from meats ought not be participated in for the Bible does not teach anything godly about Lent, but does connect it with the worship of Tammuz (Ezekiel 8:14). The bottom line is that we are to know the truth, obey the truth, and stick with the truth, otherwise, we shall be lost. So, do you “transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,” and “hath not God”, or do you “abideth in the doctrine of Christ,” and “hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9)? Basically, do you follow and obey the teachings of antichrist (2 John 1:7) or Jesus Christ (2 John 1:9)? Keep in mind that if you did not know these things, in “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).

Thursday, September 02, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (313): 2 Thessalonians 3:4 takes us back to the last words of Jesus. “And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.” Did Paul and gang arbitrarily make up commands to follow? Of course not. Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20). Christians are to be taught a certain basic way of life and if they obey those things, they may be baptized, and then they are to continue to be taught what it means to be a Christian as none of us are endowed with knowing every righteous way of God and then observe or obey those things too. They that do not are not Christian because a Christian is submissive to the rules of Christ and deny their own wants and desires. The word “Christian” means to follow the discipline of Christ, just as He said, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). We are to deny ourselves of our selfish ways, resist the temptations, and follow or obey Jesus. That is the holy and sanctified life expected of every true follower of Christ, not to be saved or earn salvation but flows as the fruit of being saved. So, are you doing the things commanded of Jesus?

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (312): 1 Thessalonians 4:7 tells us, “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” A calling is a command. Once we accept Christ’s salvation, we are expected to live in holiness. So, are you following that calling to a holy and sanctified life, or living however you please?

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (311): Colossians 3:8-10 states, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” The expected life after being born again, to be considered saved, is to be a new man that does not get angry, except when God is brought into disrepute (Matthew 5:22) as Jesus demonstrated often when He even flipped tables, not be wrathful or exercise any malice, not blaspheme nor express filthy content, not be lying of which there is no exception and means that Christians need to stop lying regarding Santa Clause and other such holiday practices along the same line, and everything else that goes with sinning. So, are you a new person or are you the old person claiming to be saved?

Monday, August 30, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (310): Philippians 4:1 uses language that most Christians seem to read by so quickly not realizing the true meaning. “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, [my] dearly beloved.” A born-again Christian will “stand fast”, which is to be uncompromising in the ways of God, which is to stand on holy and sanctified principles. To not stand fast is a lost state, even a meaningless profession. If a bodyguard is to stand guard over a person, the expectation is that such a person would not abandon their position when bullets start flying or a serious threat is being experienced. The bodyguard’s goal is protecting the person – standing fast at their job. So, are you standing fast in the ways of the Lord, or do you abandon your position when temptations start flying around, threats of livelihood come your way?

Sunday, August 29, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (309): Ephesians 4:17-19 tells us that true Christians do not participate in the activities of unbelievers (spiritual Gentiles). We have a certain walk and it avoids certain things. “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” Our past worldliness and sinfulness ceases as a Christian. If it does not cease, then we are lying to ourselves if we think we are saved. So, has your past worldliness ceased, or do you think the mere words of saying, “I’m saved”, is sufficient despite over 300 verses that say otherwise because God expects us to receive of the divine power (2 Peter 1:3) and live godly lives?

Friday, August 27, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (308): 2 Corinthians 6:15-18 spells out a clear “this then that” relationship regarding salvation. “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” This is clearly is teaching that we are not to be part of the ecumenical movement where we accept everyone’s religion as worshipping the same God. Only the Christian religion did God send His only begotten Son to save us. Only the true Christian religion has no idols part of the worship where other religions have a stone, a temple they pray towards, many gods of this-that-and-the-other-thing. Those in the Christian religion using idols such as statues and even the wearing of the cruel instrument of torture known as the cross are lumped in with idol worship, with sincere ignorance being winked at, which means, that God does not condemn them “but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). We are to come out from all of that and if we do, then at that time we are received of God. That means if we stay in or accept other people’s religion as being acceptable to God, even if we continue to use statues and crosses, we are not received of God and will be lost. So, have you separated yourself from the idol worship of the world, not by condemning or with animosity, but with concern for their souls, or do you believe in the one world form of religion that allows the worship of one God in any form that people choose?

Thursday, August 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (307): 1 Corinthians 5:11 says, “But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” So, if a brother or sister participates in any of these things, which is not an exhaustive list of sins, that means they are failing in that area of living the holy and sanctified life and an enemy of Christ. It is so serious that they are supposed to be disfellowshipped, yet we have people in church positions guilty of having affairs and are still left in position. That does not change the record in Heaven despite the lax church. So, are you avoiding such sinful activities? Do you work on the removal of such people, especially in position, that practice such things as that also either makes you an accomplice or a watchman, depending upon your actions?

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (306): Romans 2:14-16 says, “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” If unbelievers can keep God’s commandments without knowing them, how much more ought Christians keep the law when “this [is] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10). Unbelievers keep the law when they know murdering, stealing, disrespecting authority, etc. is wrong, and governments even go as far as to enact penalties for breaking those commandments. God expects everyone to keep His law, walking in the holy and sanctified life, not in a manner of having to keep them but wanting to keep them. So, are the commandments written in your heart or are you carelessly breaking the commandments?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (305): Acts 11:21 may be difficult for some to see how that when we become a believer, we then live the holy and sanctified life. If we do not, we are not really a believer. The verse states, “And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.” To turn to the Lord is to turn away from something else. Ezekiel 18:21 tells us what that “something else” is: “But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die” (Ezekiel 18:21). Keep in mind that all who live in sin are wicked, and the principles of God from the Old Testament do not change for God does not change (Malachi 3:6). So, have you truly turned to the Lord or have you just mouthed the words that you believe without any turning?

Monday, August 23, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (304): John 3:21 tells us, “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” Here we have the opposite of the condemnation that do not come to the light. We have now those that do come to the light so that their deeds, works, the living of a holy and sanctified life, may occur having works approved of God. The reference to the word “he” is opened to everyone but is the expected lifestyle when one is born again. So, do you open up the Word of God so as to know what sin is and stop by the grace of God and know what righteousness is and do it realizing that all face judgment, as convicted by the Holy Spirit (John 16:8), who also is the one the guides us into knowing the truth (John 16:13), preparing us to be judged by our works (Revelation 20:13)?

Sunday, August 22, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (303): One cannot appreciate Luke 5:32 before one is told that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), which makes us all sinners. Then Luke 5:32 states, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” The word “repentance” is the seeking to be forgiven of committing sin and wanting to stop sinning, which means, to live a holy and sanctified life. Seeking forgiveness so one can return to sinning negates the desire to repent. If a person trying to lose weight repents of eating a whole cake themselves in one sitting, that person, serious about losing weight, will try their best not to eat a whole cake by themselves like that again. If, on the other hand, the next day they do eat a whole cake and have no desire to stop eating whole cakes each day and even keep on being sorry at the end of the day that they have done so, then that repentance was meaningless and is meaningless. So, is your repentance meaningless because you choose to continue to be careless about sinning, or are you seriously repenting and ceasing by the power of God to do so (2 Peter 1:3, Jude 24)?

Friday, August 20, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (302): Even in this simple verse, there is call to live a holy and sanctified life with the other option being that of losing eternal life. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35). That means, if our motivation is to avoid suffering and even death, especially for our faith, then lying is on the table to get out of a situation, even stealing, and some of the other commandments if not all of them, are at risk of being broken. So, what is your motivation? To preserve your life at all cost in this world or the next?

Thursday, August 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (301): Those that just think that belief is all that is necessary to be saved or even add the act of baptism to it are being deceived and deceiving themselves. Why risk salvation? We begin the next 100 verses in the New Testament after completing 300 already that sets the expectation of a Christian after they believe and are baptized. They are to live a holy and sanctified life by the power of God (2 Peter 1:3), otherwise, their profession was in vain and will be lost. Jesus’ own words should be chilling. Matthew 5:27-28 says, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” The word “whosoever” is inclusive of the Christian and non-Christian. There is no exemption for “the saved”. Those that cannot control their heart when looking upon the opposite gender are headed to hell. So, are your eyes and hearts disciplined when it comes to the bombardment of sensuality all around us, especially from the media?

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (300): Revelation 3:5 shows who is saved: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Overcoming our sins is the expected holy and sanctified life after one is freely justified of Christ. And we see that the implication is if we do not overcome, we do not receive of these things. So, are you overcoming your sins, or are you still living in just the justification phase of salvation living in your sins thinking you are saved?

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (299): We will not show all of the verses from 1 John 2:18-27 so as to keep it short, but we will address the theme of it. We are to abide in the truth (1 John 2:27), follow that which was taught (1 John 2:27), not be seduced away (1 John 2:26), and not deny the Son, or for that matter, the Father (1 John 2:22-23). Another word for “abide” is to “obey”, to “live” it (1 Peter 1:23). Living the truth and not simply acknowledge the truth is the holy and sanctified life for the way we deny God is not simply by words alone but “in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). So, what do your works reveal regarding your relationship with God?

Monday, August 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (298): Many may not see this as a call to a holy and sanctified life, but it is. 2 Peter 2:22 says, “But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” The vomit and wallowing in the mire are representative of the sinful life. Peter is referring to the verse that says, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, [so] a fool returneth to his folly” (Proverbs 26:11). And Leviticus 18:25 connects iniquity to the word vomit that even the earth rejects sinful behavior. So, to return to the vomit is to return to a sinful life, even in the slightest. Many Christians give an early pretense of being a Christian until they have to continuously interact with those of the world. Not wanting to be distant with people, little allowance of sin here and there is permitted to fit in and before they know it, the person returns to the person they were. No, they may not be a murderer or prostitute, but continuing to use foul language, be careless with their time, horde their money giving very little towards God, etc. is an unsanctified life. Feeling comfortable in the mire is the mingling one’s life with the lifestyle of society. Society accepts and legalizes sin, and the Christian goes along with it despite what the Bible states. So, are you licking up sinful vomit, wallowing around in the mire of the sins of society, or have you escaped the mire of this world and the vomit of your old life?

Sunday, August 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (296): 1 Peter 2:7-8 defines what true belief really is: “Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.” A believer is compared twice to a disobedient person. That means a believer is an obedient person, which is to live a holy and sanctified life. This is why there is a concern for those that “obey not the gospel” (1 Peter 4:17, 2 Thessalonians 1:8). The gospel is not just about Jesus paying the penalty for sin, but it is about pulling us out of our sinning state where we “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11), where we “hath ceased from sin” (1 Peter 4:1), and realize “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:2). We live a life “not of the world” (John 15:19) for “he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:7), “Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:18), and “now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22). We are just getting started about the requirement of obedience as part of the gospel, but space does not permit us to continue to list the many more verses yet stating this. So, are you an obedient believer or simply living in disobedience while even using the phrase “I’m saved!”?

Friday, August 13, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (296): James 1:27 says of the expected holy and sanctified living of a true Christian, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.” The first part is dependent upon opportunity while keeping himself unspotted from the world is a daily walk with God, yet we have Christians sporting worldly shirts, having worldly bumper stickers on their vehicles, going to worldly events, caught up in the latest worldly talk no matter the subject, using the same foul language, are into worldly activities, participate in various worldly movements, etc. It is so bad that Christians are not recognizable from unbelievers. So, are you unrecognizable or do you keep yourself from being spotted by worldly things?

Thursday, August 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (295): Hebrews 6:1-2 clearly states the holy and sanctified expectation of a Christian: “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.” We are to move, after learning those doctrines as commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20, unto Christian perfection and not going down the pathway to have to repent again, of which Christians are to repent of sins (Acts 3:19), just to be clear. So, are you striving to live a perfect, holy life as expected, or do you find yourself sinning here and there of which we are to repent of and probably do not, like most Christians careless disregard thinking that such is life here on this earth?

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (294): Titus 2:15 is the instruction to what a minister ought to teach and expecting the congregation to follow, which, yes, is the sanctified and holy life. “These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” What things? The things we covered the last time we were in Titus, which are the verses prior: “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”, “Looking for that blessed hope”, and “redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (exerts from Titus 2:11-14). So, do you listen to the exhortation of living the holy life and accept the rebuke of committing sin, or do you just live life however you please?

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (293): 2 Timothy 2:22 states, “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Just because the verse does not declare it to be a command does not make it any less of a command. When we are born again, we are expected to live the Christian lifestyle, otherwise, our profession is in vain. The lack shows that we truly do not believe in Jesus. Belief in Jesus is with power (Romans 1:16). We have power to cease from youthful lusts, including those raging hormones. We have power to live righteousness, have faith, express charity, have peace, and have a pure heart. So, does your lifestyle reflect your belief in Jesus or the power of Satan to keep you sinning?

Monday, August 09, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (292): 1 Timothy 3:15 tells us two important things. “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” The church is not a building nor is it even a denomination. The church of the living God is believing and practicing the truth despite everyone telling us that doctrines do not matter. Do not listen to them. Doctrines do matter. And a person ought to fellowship with like believers. Now, the second thing is the holy and sanctified life of behaving. Obeying the gospel, following the doctrine, living the Word of God is the expectation that God has for a true Christian. So, are you behaving, or do you make “little allowances”?

Sunday, August 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (291): 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says, “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.” Elsewhere, the Bible says, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). In other words, living a holy and sanctified life is accomplished not by gritting our teeth and digging into obedience but rather be willing to stop sinning and allowing Jesus to keep us from falling into sin. This is done by the fact that the “divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). So, have you received of this divine power from God to keep you from sinning and actually live a godly life, or do you just have “a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5)?

Friday, August 06, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (290): 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 clearly states God’s expectation: “For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.” Jesus stated, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Therefore, if the will of the Father is to have us live a holy and sanctified life once we are born again and Jesus says that only those that do that will get to enter the Kingdom of Heaven that means that everyone else is lost making it a requirement of salvation. First, we believe and then we live the holy and sanctified life by the “divine power” of God (2 Peter 1:3). Even the Gentiles or unbelievers know that and because so many Christians claim to be saved as they continue sinning, “denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5), the unbelievers stay away from Christianity. In fact, Christians are creating more atheists these days by such lifestyles because “from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, are you abstaining from fornication, making sure your body is kept holy, subduing lusts, not defrauding?

Thursday, August 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (289): Colossians 3:5-7 clearly teaches the expected holy and sanctified life by, not just suggesting but commanding “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.” When we become born again, we are not to be children of disobedience. We are not to be given into any fornication whatsoever, including watching nudity on TV, Internet, or movies. We are not to be giving into concupiscence or cravings that are evil, even tantalizing. We are not to covet in the slightest, so spending money needlessly on wasteful items should not be participated in. If we are still participating in these things, we may claim to be saved, but from God’s perspective, we are still a child of disobedience and will be lost. So, what child are you, obedience or disobedience?

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (288): Philippians 3:18-19 states, “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end [is] destruction, whose God [is their] belly, and [whose] glory [is] in their shame, who mind earthly things.)” Many Christians see these verses as it being the saved versus the lost, as in, once a person declares to be saved, these verses do not apply, and that is not so. The words “many walk” include those that claim to be Christian, claim to be saved, but live an unsanctified, unholy lifestyle. Paul would not be weeping over the lost choosing to act worldly. Such has always been the case. We may be disappointed that they want to be worldly. A person is an effective enemy of the cross when they exploit the grace of God, “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4). Claiming to be a Christian while acting like the world makes such a person an enemy for to the Christian, for we are told, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). Adulterers and adulteresses are titles applied to those that betray Christ with their worldliness, apostasy, backsliding. A worldly person does not fall into spiritual adultery by living worldly. So, what is the real test to see if we are truly saved? Giving into the belly god known as appetite and minding the things of the world. The inability to control food intake in quality (junk food) or quantity (gluttony) is being referred to. Further, being into the latest gadget, politics, sports, entertainment, quick rich schemes, keeping up with others, etc., are all examples of minding the things of the world. Let the world mind the world! Now, do you have control over your appetite? Are you content with the necessities of life?

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (287): Ephesians 4:14-15 declares, “That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ.” The expected holy and sanctified life is found in the words “grow up”. None of us are born with knowing how a Christian ought to be, even when we are born again. God does not zap us with the full knowledge. We “grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). It is by settling into the doctrines of Christ (2 John 1:9) that we become aware of the expectations and “put off the old man with his deeds” (Colossians 3:9). As we apply these doctrines to our lives, we are “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” (Mark 4:28), but if we are still a blade come harvest time, we shall be lost. God is only harvesting fruit (Mark 4:29). So, are you a growing Christian or are you still looking back at the day you accepted Jesus as your ticket to Heaven while you produce little to no fruit of a holy and sanctified life?

Monday, August 02, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (286): Galatians 6:7-8 declares that there are two sides. Despite claiming to be saved, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” So, if we think we are deceiving God by claiming to be saved while continuing in our sinning, we are deceiving ourselves. If we think we are destined for Heaven, we shall instead end up in corruption, hell. If we live according to the Spirit, which, “will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8), we shall have eternal life. There is no exception for the person who claims to “just believe”. Our works do not save us but reveal whose servants we are. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, whose servant are you of?

Sunday, August 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (286): 2 Corinthians 6:14 is not just for marriage or even a guide when seeking a business partner. It is for everyday life. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” The expected saved, holy and sanctified life is to live a righteous life being in the light of God’s Word. The lost, unholy, and unsanctified life is to compromise righteousness so one can pal around with the unconverted, fit in with them, be one of them, as is encouraged by many, if not by all, denominations as a shedding of the old way of evangelizing and creating a more effective way. It is a lie! Fitting in with the unconverted means that the Christian has to give up a disciplined life by going to see movies, watch TV, compete in sports, be into worldly music, etc., all of which is condemned in the Bible. Further, by ignoring God’s Word, a person remains in darkness and deeper darkness prevails when Christians listen to the arguments against the Bible: it is ancient; it is written by men; it is contradictory; etc. If those arguments against the Bible are in our minds and we believe them, we can call ourselves “saved” all we want, but we shall be lost in the end. So, are you in the light living a righteous life, or are you going along with society thinking you are influencing them to Christ?

Friday, July 30, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (285): 1 Corinthians 5:8 gives us two sides of spiritually keeping the feast of unleavened bread. “Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened [bread] of sincerity and truth.” Keeping in mind that all sin, no matter how small in our eyes, if we persist in it, is wickedness. To have the unleavened bread, the Word of God, kept in sincerity and truth is the holy and sanctified life. So, are you keeping God’s Word or excusing sins in your life, and in the eyes of God, are considered wicked?

Thursday, July 29, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (284): Romans 8:5 says, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Keep in mind, those of the flesh are lost while those of the Spirit are saved. Therefore, those that give into appetite, seek to binge on show after show, give into the urge to spend money seeking after the enjoyments of the world, looking to have a good time, etc. are those that mind the flesh. Those that seek after God’s Word, strive to accomplish tasks that better life and includes doing a good job with their employment and also the housework, seeking to save souls, striving to develop a godly character, all are examples of minding the Spirit. Those that mind the Spirit seem to have little time for getting into trouble or participating in the interests of the world. So, which do you mind, spiritual things or worldly things?

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (283): In Acts 10:43, those that “believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43). Remission is not only forgiveness but being set free from them called liberty, hence why the commandments are referred to as “the law of liberty” (James 2:12) because as we obey the commandments, we are liberated from sin. This is why Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). “Then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:18). So, have you received the remission of sins, the sanctified or holy life, or are you still stuck in your sins?

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (282): John 3:20 is a emphasis of John 3:19 but since it is a separate verse, we will use it in our count. “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.” Many Christians use even religious reasons to not come to more light through God’s Word and use every excuse to not stop their sinful practices. The most common excuse is the “I’m already saved”, implying that they cannot be lost. Jesus and the Bible actually do not support using one or two lines of scripture to cancel out other scriptures or that would be confusion, and “God is not [the author] of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33). Therefore, having one’s sins reproved, confessed, and forsaken is the expected sanctified life of which if we are not participating in, we shall be lost. Are you living the expected holy life, or have you excused away the light?

Monday, July 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (280): Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Denying ourselves of selfishness, especially sin, is the holy and sanctified life that is expected of every Christian. In fact, we are to face temptations and stop giving into them no matter how difficult the challenge. And, the thirdly, we are to always be following the teachings of Jesus, following Him instead of our own wills and Satan’s suggestions. Now, all of this is not to earn Heaven but is a result of being given eternal life. It is our response to the free gift. And then “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). It is not enough to say we are saved -- we must live it. So, how do you live?

Sunday, July 25, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (280): Luke 4:8 says, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” The holy and sanctified life is in giving up the worship of sports, celebrities, and other human beings by paying outrageous fees to attend in person to their events and buying their objects in support of them. We are not to be working to earn money to give to these self-important people. The same is true about movies and TV shows in buying their line of objects and having to sit before them giving up time to watch their show. Yes, many must serve an employer but we get paid for that service. Employment is not condemned of God, in fact, it is highly encouraged (2 Thessalonians 3:10). So, who do you serve with your time and money?

Friday, July 23, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (279): Mark 7:20-23 says, “And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” To be defiled is to be lost. Therefore, avoiding doing any of those things would be the holy and sanctified life. Obviously, those that steal and murder are not going to go to Heaven, but what about those Christians that participate in pride, foolishness, and simple coveting? The answer is no, and yet, many Christians are prideful, are foolish, and covet. So, are you defiled or do you keep yourself from these things?

Thursday, July 22, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (278): Matthew 5:21-22 tells us that Jesus expects all of us to be still obeying the commandments, which is the holy and sanctified life. “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” The word “whosoever” is not the same as “just for the Jews”. It is not the same as “back before the cross”. It spans all followers of Christ and spans all times. Further, those that go by the “spirit of the law” should take note that in the words of Jesus, the commandment on killing got a whole lot more difficult. Simple wrong anger towards another human being, except in being angry towards lawlessness towards God as demonstrated even by Jesus and selectively excused by Ephesians 4:26, is condemnable to hell, yet Christians use foul words, uses foul finger motions, and get upset with others over simple things like accidental situations, not paying attention to traffic laws, and other annoying habits. Jesus said, such, especially of Christians, “shall be in danger of hell fire”. So, are you in danger of hell fire, or are you keeping your anger in check?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (277): Revelation 3:4 describes the saved of Sardis as, “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.” According to Revelation 19:8, wearing white is associated with “the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:8), which is the holy and sanctified life. Ezekiel 37:23 tells us that sinning is what defiles a person. God gives us power and expects us to walk or live righteously and not defile ourselves with any sin. So, are you defiling yourself by sinning, or are you walking each day with Jesus in white?

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (276): 1 John 2:16-17 states, “For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” Therefore, to stop going after the flesh, the eyes, and pride and living the will of God is the sanctified and holy life. Of the Christians that know that lusting is wrong, which are not many, dismiss themselves from being guilty but are as guilty as sin, in fact, that is exactly what they are doing -- sinning. They say to themselves, “I don’t lust!” Yet, many do not realize that having to watch that TV show or movie is the lust of the eyes for entertainment’s sake. Having to buy a certain style of clothing, even if it is generic, is a form of pride, like buying ripped jeans because it is the fad, buying a bit of revealing clothing, buying clothing with certain pictures on them, etc. Any form of seeking attention, including on the job, is pride. Pride is not reserved to the rich or celebrities. Likewise, lust is not reserved to those that drool over things, but is in the form of just having to have it. And as for the will of God, David penned, “thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). So, do you chase after lust or pride in any sneaky way, or are you content in life doing the will of God?

Monday, July 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (275): 2 Peter 2:21 is a continuation of the thought from 2 Peter 2:20, but as we are focused upon counting direct verses as well as the descriptive list of verses with one point, we will count this verse separately right now. “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” This is not a person who studies righteousness, knows about it, and then turns away from it. Just as “Adam knew Eve” (Genesis 4:1) to the point of conception, these are people who experienced the righteousness, which “all thy commandments [are] righteousness” (Psalms 119:172), and then turn away from obeying the commandments back into sinning, “for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). It is better that they did not know the righteous ways of God for we are judged upon the light we have. Keep in mind, obeying the commandments does not bring righteousness for “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21). Righteousness comes through Christ in the form of justifying us, which includes forgiving us of our sins, and then setting us upon the path of a holy and sanctified life of obedience to His commandments, which is a life of living righteously – Christ’s righteousness flowing through us as opposed to Satan’s life of sin flowing through us. We either show the word righteousness or sin. There is no neutrality. So, have you turned away from the commandments, even for a religious reason?

Sunday, July 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (274): 1 Peter 2:5 is difficult for many Christians to understand because it is symbolic language. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” We are symbolic building blocks to build up a symbolic house where “Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]” and “the foundation of the apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20). The house is made up of the saved. We are to be a holy priesthood, unlike those that indulge in sinning. Do keep in mind that we are not referring to an oops moment, but we are talking about those that make an excuse of not obeying all of God’s commandments or regularly excuse a sin here or there, no matter how small we think it is. We are further told to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). How do we do that? “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). So, in everything that you do and think, is it acceptable and perfect doing the will of God or not?

Friday, July 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (273): So, to all the Christians with foul language, all the Christians that claim to be saved but speak their own minds no matter the content even if it is offensive to God, to all the Christians that are not careful with their words, James 1:26 clearly states, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion [is] vain.” To be in vain is to be lost. To bridle the tongue is the expected holy and sanctified life. So, what comes out of your mouth?

Thursday, July 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (272): Hebrews 5:13-14 compares the unskillful user of the Word to the skillful in discovering what is good and evil. “For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” That discovery of good and evil and the ability to discern is not a matter of agreement but practice. In other words, the expectation of a Christian is to discern what is good and do it and what is evil and avoid it, which is the holy and sanctified life. In fact, if a person believes they are filled with the Holy Spirit, then “he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Sin is the evil, where the Holy Spirit convicts us not to do it. Righteousness is the good which the Holy Spirit convicts us to do it. So, are you discerning between the good and evil in the way you live your life doing the good and avoiding the evil, or are you just careless not concerned about that effort or going as far as allowing a little evil now and then?

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (271): Why are Christian and especially Christian ministers hiding the truth about living the expected holy and sanctified life, in which we are told about “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14)? Titus 2:14 is so very plain about the matter. “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Jesus died not for us to continue sinning but to “redeem us from all iniquity!” That means there is not a single sin that we cannot be liberated from or delivered from, which are the synonyms to the word “redeem”. Further, God is purifying, making perfect, cleaning up, making holy a people. Continuing to sin and excusing sin in one’s life is not becoming purified. What such people lack is the zeal to do good works or the zeal in general. And yes, we are to stand out and not fit into society for we are to be “peculiar”. With hiding this verse from Christians or ignoring this verse by Christians means certain doom, therefore, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17)! So, will you stop sinning by the grace of God and become purified?

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (270): 2 Timothy 2:21 describes the conversion of a true Christian and not one that just says mere words. “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, [and] prepared unto every good work.” We are to be purged from sin and be a vessel unto honor, which means, to receive eternal life for the Bible says, “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life” (Romans 2:7). From there, we become sanctified or holy and become a useful instrument to win other souls into the gospel message. These things are not with our effort. They simply flow from a converted soul. We hate the sins that crucified Jesus. We want to honor Jesus by becoming holy people, which is different from being a stuck-up person. And we want to allow opportunity for others to participate in what God offers. Those that merely mouth words and then go on with how they were living before knowing Jesus are not truly saved. The devil “hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, and I should heal them” (John 12:40). So, are these things happening in your life?

Monday, July 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (269): 1 Timothy 3:8-13 describes the characteristics of becoming a deacon. Those characteristics are not something a person is to turn on to become a deacon and turn off when they are not. They are to be lived always by everyone technically. Even the wife of a deacon is to be “grave” (1 Timothy 3:11), which means “to be venerated for character, honourable: of persons, of deeds”. This does not give permission to the rest of the congregation that are not interested in such a position to become lax in character, as we eventually shall see. Again, what does your character show to the world about Christ? Has Christ “destroyed the works of the devil” in you?

Sunday, July 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (268): 2 Thessalonians 2:17 tells us what happens after becoming a Christian -- “Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” If we stay selfish, our profession of faith is false. If we keep to our foul mouths, our profession is false. If we take advantage of others a little here and there, our profession is false. If we do not love our neighbors enough to share the Christian faith with them, our profession is false. Every good word and work is the sanctified and holy life. So, what do your words and works show? A mixture of good and bad or all good? Let us face it, no one is all bad.

Friday, July 09, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (267): 1 Thessalonians 4:2 tells us, “For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.” Commandments are not optional. We are commanded by Jesus to live according to the commandments, which is the holy and sanctified life. Yes, Jesus brought us grace, however, “not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:13). Grace washes away our sins to “present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24) not to continue in sin but to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). So, are following Jesus’ commandments?

Thursday, July 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (266): Colossians 3:3 reflects the words stated elsewhere. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” This is very similar to “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11). When we decide to be a Christian, we are dead to not only sin but the pleasures of distraction in this world as well, which is the holy and sanctified life that is expected of a Christian, otherwise, it is just mere words. A true Christian is not interested in the latest movies, TV show, music, sporting events, partying, etc. We realize this world means nothing, and we simply use our energies to be in Christ through prayer and Bible study. We also do that which is necessary to live on this planet but we do not seek to have that corner office and climb the corporate ladder. We are not caught up on the fashion trends, language and signing practices, etc. We also seek to save souls where possible. We definitely do not go along with the unification of religions or what society is pushing, but promote the only way, which is in Christ. We respect all people and authority, trying to be peaceable but without compromising. So, are you dead to all your wants and serve the living God in all that you do?

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (265): Philippians 3:17 is yet another verse that clearly teaches the expectation once one is in a saving state – it is the holy and sanctified life. “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” We are to walk, to live, a certain standard – the Christian standard, to be Christ-like in character. So, how do you live? Any which way you think, or do you “not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4)? “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (264): Ephesians 4:13 continues with the purpose of leaders in the church. The goal is “the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” We are to become “a new creature”, where “old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The “knowledge of the Son of God” is not to learn to know that the Son of God exists, otherwise, such a person would not be listening to church leaders for they have already acknowledged that they know the Son of God, but rather, as Jesus said, to be taught “to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20) for upon baptism, none of us were endowed with everything there was to know about being a Christian, Christ-like. And as the verse states, the goal is to become perfect, to develop a stature of the fullness of Christ, which is to restore “the image of God” (Genesis 1:27), which was instilled at creation. In other words, Satan continues to mar our images by having us sin. Christ came to give us what is necessary to get back to the original image, which is “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6), to “have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), and “may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15). He has provided us with grace, which forgives us of ours sins (Exodus 34:9), and power to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3). So, are you becoming these things, or are you content with living careless lives without the adherence towards anything that was commanded to be observed by Jesus thinking you are already eternally saved?

Monday, July 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (263): Galatians 6:1 states that eternal salvation is not a guarantee: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” Practicing sinners are not overtaken by a fault for such people live in the state of being overtaken. Being told to be careful unless we join them in being overtaken by the temptations involved matches what Jesus says, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). Therefore, all day and every day, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), and if we do not and give into temptation and stay in that state of enjoying that sin, we shall be lost. That again is what temptation is all about. If there is no risk of loss of salvation, temptation really does not exist, but Jesus says that it does, and we need to not give ourselves to it. If it were to happen, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). Confess it to the Advocate and stop doing it as quickly as possible. We are to live in a state of constantly resisting temptation, which is the holy and sanctified life. So, are you successfully resisting temptations so that you are not overtaken, or are you so convinced that there is no temptation, despite what Jesus and the rest of the scriptures teach, and you are secure for Heaven?

Sunday, July 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (262): 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 states, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” If there were not something to do towards God, we would not be commanded to “be ye reconciled”. To reconcile is to come to an agreement, like balancing a checkbook. Usually, the monthly bank statement and the checkbook do not match, but doing the math between each record of the expected balance regarding missing transactions, we come to an agreement about the amount of money we actually have. Those that use only a bank statement to tell them the balance can end up writing out more checks than there is money available for many times checks we write are delayed a few days and do not appear on the statement. Those that use only the checkbook also do not get a true picture of the balance because there are bank fees and interest paid that are usually not recorded in a checkbook until seen on a statement. Now, with God, money is not the issue. The issue is revealed in the second verse quoted, which involves sin. As we participate in sin, we are not reconciled to God. As we allow Christ’s righteousness to work in us replacing the transactions of sinning with right doing transactions, we become reconciled, just like John penned, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). So, are you doing right or still sinning?

Friday, July 02, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (261): After listing numerous differences between living as a Christian and getting buffeted by it, ridiculed, challenged, Paul writes to encourage Christians to follow his example (1 Corinthians 4:16) and then declares, “the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). If a Christian is a Christian merely because he or she had declared that Jesus is the Christ, have said merely the words “I believe”, that is not the gospel and that is not salvation. “The gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16), “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel,” (Romans 16:25), “our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power” (1 Thessalonians 1:5), and “be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8). And yet, churches and Christians will excuse the allowance of numerous sins (2 Timothy 3:2-4) and “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, is your salvation just in word or “according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3)?

Thursday, July 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (260): Romans 2:13 tells us, “For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” So, only those that keep the Ten Commandments are justified, are forgiven. And “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). Keeping the law does not save us for “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law [is] the knowledge of sin” (Romans 3:20). How it works is that we are to be obedient to the Ten Commandments. That is the outline of what a true follower of God is, however, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Now we need to go to Jesus in which, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). That is justification in action. It is for those that are doing what Jesus would have us to do, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), but have fallen short as we have knowledge by the commandments of what sin is. For those that are completely careless regarding the law, it is not for them to be justified so that they can continue to be careless. So, are you keeping the commandments being justified where you have fallen short, or have you totally dismissed the commandments and are lacking justification, the gift necessary for entrance into Heaven?

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (259): Acts 9:31 states, “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.” To be walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost are both references to the expected holy and sanctified life of Christians. Jesus said of the job of the Comforter, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:7-8), which means we will be convicted of sin to the point of ceasing, of righteousness and be living it, and be ready to be judged. Further, to be in the fear of the Lord or fear of God, we are told, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). So, how are you walking, and are you receiving the true Comforter?

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (258): The “just believe and be saved” crowd love to quote John 3:16 but fail to continue reading to understand what the word “believe” and what the word “condemn” really mean. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:19). Everyone that simply acknowledges Jesus is not saved, as many think they are. We show our belief by our deeds. In fact, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Saying, “I believe” does not save anyone. We are to then show that Jesus is truly in our hearts by doing those deeds that we have been enlightened to, continue to study God’s Word to receive more light, continue to follow the additional light, and so on, and so on. This is called fitting people up to dwell with holy beings. People who do not want to study to find more light are condemned. That is what that verse is saying. The continuous growth in the light we follow is the expected holy and sanctified life. So, are you in the light and continue with more light, or has some light been too strong and you have chosen to stay with the darkness of evil deeds?

Monday, June 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (257): Luke 4:4 tells us how we are to live: “And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” So, when the Word of God says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31), we do not say, “I don’t have to because another verse tells me that I am eternally saved no matter what I do.” That is not living by every word but cancelling the Word of God. The scriptures were not written to be cancelled out but to be lived. So, do you live the holy and sanctified life through living by every Word of God, or do you dismiss God’s Word by using other verses against such commands?

Thursday, June 24, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (256): Mark 7:15 says, “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.” This may sound silly and barely makes the holy and sanctified lifestyle list, but there are so many that say they are Christian and have foul mouths, speak envious words, tell dirty jokes, speak gossip, speak hateful and angry words, etc. “And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell” (James 3:6). “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:17). “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:26). “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). As you see, as we include the verses that deal with defilement coming out of a person, now is revealed the expected holy and sanctified life or otherwise, we shall not see the kingdom of God. So, what comes out of your heart?

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (255): Matthew 5:20 states, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” And that righteousness that exceeds the Pharisees is Christ’s righteousness. But what does that mean? Jesus will go on to explain that it does involve the deeper extent of obedience to the commandments, but even Paul writes, “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14). 1 John 3:7 states, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.” 1 John 2:6 says, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” In other words, we are to live and be like Christ walking the holy and sanctified life. So, does your righteousness exceed the outward form of the Pharisees who had unconverted hearts by living the righteous life by the grace and having faith in the power of God, or do you live a life of fitting in with society and living according to what is acceptable to society instead of God’s way of living?

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (254): Revelation 3:3 is addressing the believer, where we are told, “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” As stated before many times, we are not eternally saved by mouthing “I believe” one day, but we are to “hold fast” from that moment on. That is all day and every day. And if we find ourselves dabbling in temptation leading to sin, we must repent or face the consequence. That “watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation” (Matthew 26:41), where we “hold fast [our] profession” (Hebrews 4:14)m is the expected holy and sanctified life. So, how much are you holding on to what you professed?

Sunday, June 20, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (252): 1 John 2:13-15 tells us, “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” If we are sinning, we are listening to the wicked one, even if we do not think so, therefore, we have not overcome Satan and his suggestions. To abide in the Word and, again, overcome the wicked one, means we obey God always and never Satan. Then, to make sure we really understand the holy and sanctified walk that is expected after “being saved”, we are plainly are told not to love the world nor the things in it. That means if we can name all the players on a sports team, we are in the world. If we can name the latest top hits in music, we are in the world. If we just have to catch up on a movie or TV show, we are in the world. If we dress and eat to fit in with everyone else, we are in the world. If we are taking political positions, we are in the world. So, how much are you in the world, or have you overcome the wicked one and even abide in God’s Word always?

Friday, June 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (251): 2 Peter 2:20 takes down two false theories. “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” First, after believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the expectation is for the Christian to walk the holy and sanctified life for they are to escape the pollutions of the world as revealed in God’s Word, which means “whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected” (1 John 2:5). If we participate in the pollutions of the world, we shall be lost for “if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Which brings us to the second false theory. Evidently, they were a believer. This is not a false or pretended believer as so many on the “once saved, always saved” group claim. If they escaped the pollutions of the world and stayed that way, they would stay saved, but, as Jesus warned all of us, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41), so if they fall back into the pollutions, they would be lost. Even if the “once saved, always saved” claim is correct and these were false believers that never really gave up the pollutions but pretended to, then I have yet to meet a “once saved, always saved” true Christian for they all enjoy the pollutions of the world. “Once saved, always saved” make careless sinners. So, have you escaped the pollutions and are, by the “divined power” (2 Peter 1:3) allowing Jesus “to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24)?

Thursday, June 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (250): According to 1 Peter 2:2, when we say that we believe on Jesus and believe we shall be saved, we are but “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word” but it concludes with “that ye may grow thereby”. That growth is the holy and sanctified life. In other words, when we receive God’s grace, for “ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious” (1 Peter 2:3), we then are “laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings” (1 Peter 2:1). In short, grace received changes us into different people, where that list of things laid aside is just the beginning. We “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). We are called to obey a much higher standard than unbelievers. So, is there a difference between life before receiving God’s grace and after? Are you growing up into an obedient child of God?

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (249): James 1:25 states, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” The law of liberty is the Ten Commandments (James 2:10-12). The expected life of a Christian is to continue doing the commandments, which is living the holy and sanctified life. Too many Christians see this as an optional verse, where, if you want to be blessed, keep the commandments with the consequence of not keeping the commandments being not blessed, but you still have eternal life. Revelation 22:14 connects the blessing with eternal life. “Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” So, are you continuing in the commandments as a result of being saved, or are you forfeiting the blessing of eternal life claiming grace alone?

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (248): Hebrews 5:9 clearly states, “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” To obey is to live the holy and sanctified life. To disobey is to lose out on salvation. Salvation is not earned, but regarding salvation, “not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:13), yet “by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight” (Romans 3:20). We are not saved by living in obedience and doing the law. We do the law and live in obedience because of salvation. Where we have sinned, we are “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24), but in no wise is justification and forgiveness wasted on those that return to their life of sinning. So, do you obey or disobey? Do you continue in your sins or have received of the “divine power”, which God “hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3)?

Monday, June 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (247): Titus 2:11-13 clearly teaches what grace produces – a sanctified and holy life. If it does not, grace is a mockery. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Grace teaches and causes us to change our lives. If we continue in the ungodly ways, are into sports still, worldly entertainment, eating and drinking whatever, etc., we are then not being taught what grace really means. So, do you have the true grace the changes your life, or are you just claiming grace as a free ticket to go to Heaven while still living the life like unbelievers do?

Sunday, June 13, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (246): Have you said, “I believe on Jesus” and then were pronounced to be eternally saved? A fruit of that declaration is revealed in 2 Timothy 2:19, which says, “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” So, have you departed from iniquity, which is sin, which “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), which means that the Ten Commandments are still to be obeyed?

Friday, June 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (245): 1 Timothy 3:2-7 describes the characteristic of seeking the office of bishop, which is basically an elder of the church. Those characteristics are not just to get into office. The reason they are provided is because they are to be an example, as was Paul, of how to conduct one’s life for salvation’s sake. Therefore, those characteristics is the expected holy and sanctified life that everyone in the church should live up to. So, are you?

Thursday, June 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (244): 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 clearly tells us what happens after we receive grace and that is to live the holy and sanctified life. “Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given [us] everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” We are sent forth to do every good word and work, which means, we are not sent to do anything that tends to bad words or bad works, which is sin. We are not saved by good words and works, but if we do not produce those fruits, we shall be lost for “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). Good words and works flow from a saved life. Lacking such flows from a life that is still selfish, unconverted. So, is everything that comes out of your mouth proper in God’s eyes as well as every work? No, it does not have to be holy, but even in employment, there is proper and improper before God. Are you “a faithful and wise servant” (Matthew 24:45)?

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (243): 1 Thessalonians 4:1 clearly sets the expectation of a born-again Christian. It is no all about just saying the words, “I believe” and now one is saved. “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort [you] by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, [so] ye would abound more and more.” Paul is saying that according to Jesus Christ, we are expected to walk and do those things that please God which is living the holy, sanctified life. To sin is to be unholy and displeasing to God. Living selfishly is not how Jesus walked. So, are you walking as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6) and doing those things that are approved of God avoiding all selfishness?

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (242): Colossians 3:2 is holy and sanctified command and expectation. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Who cares who won the world series, super bowl, playoffs, etc. Who cares what leading character got killed off in a TV show, movie, etc. Who cares who is campaigning in politics? Who cares what the latest song is? Who cares; who cares; who cares? How much of the Bible do you understand? How many souls have you shared the gospel with? Are you doing your work faithfully? Do you “keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (1 John 3:22)?

Monday, June 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (241): Philippians 3:16 says, “Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.” Culture, upbringing, environment, etc. all have no contribution to how we walk and how we think. “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). All those things mentioned simply are things we need to overcome as influencers. Some of us have harder struggles than others, but eventually, we ought to walk by the same rule and think the same thing. We ought not to walk into adultery in any form, physically or mentally. We ought not to walk into murder in any form, physically or mentally. What is wrong for one person is wrong for all. Those that excuse lusting after images or letting anger fly does not make it right. Jesus cleared that up really quickly (Matthew 5:21-22, Matthew 5:27-28). How we walk and think is the sanctified and holy living. So, do you watch your actions and thoughts?

Sunday, June 06, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (240): Ephesians 4:11-12 reveals the purpose of going to church, which is to become holy and sanctified. “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The word “perfect” is the key word of becoming holy and sanctified. So, are you developing a perfect character or are you still dabbling in your old life with the new title of “Christian”?

Friday, June 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (239): Galatians 5:25 states, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” If we do not walk in the Spirit, then we must be walking in the flesh, of which is condemned (Romans 8:1). Therefore, the expected holy and sanctified life is to walk after Spirit. So, are you?

Thursday, June 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (238): 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” To be a new creature and have new things, as in desires and how we spend our time, is the holy and sanctified life. Our old life of sinning will pass away and the new life of living as a Christian will be lived, even that written on the Ten Commandments (Romans 3:31). What the world provided for interest will pass away, like sports, entertainment, jesting (Ephesians 5:4), and new interests will form, like Bible study, witnessing, using our time more productively. So, have you become a new creature and have new things desired in the life, or are you the same old person with just a new title – Christian?

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (237): 1 Corinthians 3:18-20 compare the godly wise to the worldly foolish where only the godly wise go to Heaven. All one has to do is read the Book of Proverbs to see that over and over. “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.” That means, the sanctified or holy person will not participate in the schemes of the world. For instance, the world says that it is wise to invest in a 401K, buy and sell stocks, invest in property, etc. God says that we ought to be content with our daily provisions and “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matthew 6:20). So, are you wise in this world beyond investments, or are you wise unto God?

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (236): Romans 2:9-11 makes a contrast between two and only two groups for there have always been two groups – those that sin and those that are kept by the power of Jesus from sinning, or the words this time of “evil” and “good”. “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.” The peace is not the earthly peace of having a life of bliss. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Evil and good are but fruit of the relationship we have with God. If we are in a saving relationship with Him, through confessing and forsaking all sin so that all of our unrighteousness is removed clearing the path to have a connection with Him (1 John 1:9), then we have peace and the result will be doing good. If we have selfishness instead, then the fruit will be doing evil or sin, which is not every minute but definitely frequently through each day. So, are you being sanctified through this peace, or are you experiencing tribulations instead?

Monday, May 31, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (235): Acts 6:7 says, “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.” To “keep the faith” is to be “obedient to the faith”. If a person has faith, they will exercise it. We are to have faith that God forgives us of our sins (1 John 1:9), that eternal life is given to us (1 Timothy 6:12), that we able to “overcometh the world” (1 John 5:4), and even that Jesus is able “to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). So, how much faith do you have and are you obeying it?

Sunday, May 30, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (234): John 3:7 uses the word “must”, which is a requirement. “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Many think they know what it means to be born again, but what does the Bible say? “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). So, have you ceased sinning by the grace and power of God (2 Peter 1:3), or are you careless about sin, excusing it, all the while claiming to be born again thinking it is impossible to stop sinning forgetting that Jesus said, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26) and “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5)?

Friday, May 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (233): Luke 3:12-14 says, “Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse [any] falsely; and be content with your wages.” Both John and Jesus taught the same message. Repentance results in a changed life. The ambitions, the desires, the motivations all change. Many today try to climb the corporate ladder. Why? When the salary is sufficient for the family and there is more time for God and family, why climb it? We should be satisfied with our wages and not seek the power or extravagance. Many that climb tend to become part of the elite creating a distance between co-workers. This too is changed when the heart is changed. We are to “esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3) instead of putting people down. We are even to be missionaries to our neighborhoods. So, do you have the same ambitions and goals in life as you did prior to being born-again, or are they different and even godly?

Thursday, May 27, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (232): Mark 7:13 says, “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” If Jesus was angry because people put tradition above the obedience to God’s Word, that means Jesus expects us to obey God’s Word – The Bible! Obedience to God’s Word is the expected holy and sanctified life, especially when Jesus said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, are you allowing God’s Word to sanctify you, or have you been taught that nothing, including outright purposeful ignorance, can impact your salvation, causing you to be indifferent towards serious Bible study and application?

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (231): Matthew 5:17-19 states, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” This is regarding the Ten Commandments. This is not regarding the law of ceremonial processes as they ended when “the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent” (Matthew 27:51). Heaven and earth did not pass away that day either, so the Ten Commandments are still to be obeyed. To nullify the commandments because Jesus fulfilled them, as so many preachers teach, is a form of destruction, which Jesus said that He did not come to do. Therefore, if the commandments are not destroyed, not in one jot or tittle, then they are still, once again, to be obeyed. So, are you obeying the Ten Commandments, or have you been convinced by some preacher that Jesus indeed destroyed them despite what He said He would not do?

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (230): Revelation 3:2 says, “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.” Elsewhere, Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). And then Paul wrote, “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). Therefore, if we walk after the flesh instead of the Spirit, then there is condemnation, and that is what we have to be constantly watchful against for the devil will continuously tempt us to do just that. Though the devil cannot pull us out of God’s hand, we can become careless and accept the temptation and participate in the fleshly desire leaving God’s protection and fall. So, that means that the “watchful” part is the holy and sanctified life. Are you being watchful?

Monday, May 24, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (229): Jude 1:23 says, “And others save with fear, pulling [them] out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” To have the hatred regarding our garments being spotted by the flesh is the holy and sanctified life, where we are to “be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14) “that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). Basically, the world is full of selfish gratifications that a true Christian will not indulge in despite our bodies, the flesh, crave in one form or another. Are you one of those true Christians or just one that claims the name?

Sunday, May 23, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (228): 1 John 2:9-11 states, “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.” This tells us that we are to walk or live in the light or understanding of God’s ways, which is the holy and sanctified life, else, if we live in darkness, we shall be lost. One of the tests is our relationship with our brother. We are to “love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39), which includes our brother. How we do this, Jesus continued on to say, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). So, we turn to the Ten Commandments and find out that we ought to “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's” (Exodus 20:12-17). That is because these six show that we have the opposite of hate, which is to have love. How are you doing on obeying the second section of the commandments? [The first four is our relationship with God.]

Friday, May 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (227): 2 Peter 2:19 says, “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” In direct example of today, so many preachers teach that the Ten Commandments were nailed to the cross, that all one needs to do is believe in Jesus, that grace is all we need for Heaven, and just live by faith while forgetting the requirement of obedience after one is justified. That is the liberty that is promised to the congregation and that is wrong. They are preachers of corruption, of sinning. And every time a person gives into sinning, they are in Satan’s bondage for the Bible says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (John 8:32-34). We are to be free from sinning, otherwise, it is bondage, even being a servant of sin. Being made free from sin is the expected holy and sanctified life. So, are you still bound in sin while claiming to be saved, or are you free from sinning?

Thursday, May 20, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (226): 1 Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” To be saved is to be born again for “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Born again is not of feeling, which is easily influenced, hence, it is considered corruptible. We are born again by the Word of God, which Jesus said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). The Word, the born again experience, is a holy and sanctified experience. A truly born again person will live according to God’s Word. Do you?

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (225): James 1:23-24 states, “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” Therefore, to simply say that “Jesus did it all”, that “I am saved by grace and there is absolute no regard for works”, that “I am saved by faith and there is absolute no regard for works”, etc., is wrong theology and deadly. Opening up God’s Word and finding out what sin is and then closing the Bible and continuing indifferently is condemned here. A lot of people try to say that James was legalistic and prefer the writings of Paul that seems to push grace and faith while making the law of Ten Commandments void, yet Paul wrote, “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Never mind that Paul was probably referring to the Old Testament at the time. The fact that any scripture has this purpose to it means that we are expected to do the work that is contained in the Bible to be reproved, corrected, and live the way of righteousness to have a life of good works. Therefore, James is not wrong in what He stated, which is living the holy and sanctified life. So, do you just profess to be saved by being a hearer of the gospel only, or are you also a doer of God’s Word because the gospel has saved you from sinning since “the gospel of Christ” “is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16)?

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (224): Hebrews 4:14-16 states the balance between what is called works and grace. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Holding fast to our profession is the holy and sanctified life. If we live a life different from what we profess, we are not holding fast. We are just mouthing words. And to make sure we understand the meaning of verse 14, Paul writes that Jesus was tempted just like we are where He set the example and did not give into sinning, therefore, since “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame” (Revelation 3:21), and “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6), then we shall “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). However, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1) in which Hebrews 4:16 alludes to. So, are you abiding, which is holding fast to the profession, by living a Christian life, or are you all talk and concern yourself nothing about temptation thinking that Jesus paid it all and we can just walk right into Heaven carelessly sinning?

Monday, May 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (223): Although Titus 2:6-8 is directed to young men they are not to forget it when they are old. And just because it is directed to men it is applicable to women. The expected holy and sanctified life a Christian is defined here as, “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Therefore, to dwell on thoughts of sin and worldliness, intermingle a little sin here and there, tossing away doctrines, joking around, careless in speaking, and practicing sin that people are able to point them out is the opposite of a Christian character. So, do you have a Christian character or the character of the world? Do you have the image of God or the image of the world?

Sunday, May 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (222): 2 Timothy 2:15-16 commands that we “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” If we do not do as commanded, we will not be approved of God and therefore will not go to Heaven. Take note to the contrast. If we are to shun all things that lead to ungodliness, like, dismissing the Ten Commandments, dismissing the Word of God, which most Christians do in one form or another, that means that on the other side, we are to be studying God’s Word that leads to godly living. That is the holy and sanctified life. We study and apply God’s Word not to be saved, but if one really loves God, it will be automatic that we study out what it means to be a Christian, a godly person, and do it. There is no earning Heaven, but we are to “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). So, how much time each day do you give to studying God’s word to form a godly, holy, sanctified character?

Friday, May 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (221): 1 Timothy 2:8 refers to having “holy hands”: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” Keep in mind, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination” (Proverbs 28:9). Therefore, to have holy hands is not the proper use of soap or special water to clean them. It is that we do not handle sin but rather handle obedience, especially towards God’s commandments. Therefore, “holy hands” is that living of a holy and sanctified life. Now, do you have holy hands or filthy hands?

Thursday, May 13, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (220): 2 Thessalonians 2:15 says, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” The “traditions” spoken of here are not man-made, as Jesus said, “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men…” (Mark 7:8). “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition…” (Mark 7:13). Therefore, the traditions to be kept are God’s commandments and His Word as stated in teachings (word) or writings (epistle), which come to us now in the form of the Bible. We are to stand fast and not compromise. With God, there is no meeting people half-way. When we are in conflict over the Word and His commandments with those that are of the world, the expectation is that they completely give up their idea and conform to the Word and Commandments, which is the holy and sanctified life. We are to hold to them. If we do not, the opposite does not have to be explicitly stated, but Jesus did say, “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine” (John 14:24), and if we do not love Him, we are lost. So, do you hold and stand fast to God’s Word and His Commandments, or have you excused them away because you think they have no impact on eternal life?

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (219): 1 Thessalonians 3:13 says, “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” Being established in the heart unblameable in holiness is the holy and sanctified life. Unblameable means that there is nothing that can be pointed at regarding active sinning. So, are you established in the heart in this manner, or does your heart allow you to enjoy the ways of the world contrary to God’s ways?

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (218): Colossians 2:7-8 tells us, “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” First, people can indeed entice us to leave the hand of God (John 10:28-29), but it would be our own choice to leave the faith and be lost. Second, every Christian is expected to be established in the faith observing those things that they have been taught to observe, just as Jesus commissioned it to be done: “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Those that do not observe those things or give up those things and pick up traditions of men at the expense of not following the commandments (Matthew 15:6), turning to mingling in worldly ways, basically not living the life that Christ taught us to live, is failure of living the holy and sanctified life, where we are to “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). So, have you been taught to fit in with the world for better witnessing, that people who are living righteous lives are deceived, that there are no consequences to losing eternal life once you are saved, or any other excuse that sets aside obedience to God, especially through His commandments, or have you been rooted and built up in Christ, established in the faith doing those things that you were taught that true Christians are and more with all thanksgiving?

Monday, May 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (217): Philippians 3:15 says “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.” Jesus also said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), and “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Keep in mind, “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come” (Mark 4:28-29). “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (1 John 2:5). We are to be thus minded that perfection is realistic. We are to “Strive to enter in at the strait gate” (Luke 13:24). Those that do not think perfection is possible reject the power of God as predicted that they would in 2 Timothy 3:5), but we “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). So, has God revealed unto you through all of these verses (8 of them) without definition of man see that the expected life of a Christian is holy, sanctified, even perfect at every level of Christian growth where God “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30), or do you excuse now 9 verses away because you have been convinced without the strength of a multitude of scriptures to live like the world relying only on faith and grace failing to “shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18)?

Sunday, May 09, 2021

May 9, 2021 WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (216): Ephesians 4:1-3 lays out the expected holy and sanctified life by stating, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” The one thing that breaks unity greater than anything else is sin, but being told to “walk worthy of the vocation” is just like the words “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). We have a higher standard of living now that we are a Christian. We are not to walk nor are we called to fit in with the world, in fact, it is “because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:14). The notion that Christians are to go to the same movies, hang out at the same clubs, eat and drink as the unconverted, be into the same music, dress in the same worldly outfits, etc., all to get closer to the people for witnessing purposes is of Satan. Jesus never did that. In fact, for the number of times peoples say that Jesus drew people unto Himself and was popular, it can be equally shown that when He got specific about cutting things out of one’s lives, the people dispersed instead. So, are you fitting into the world where Satan has dimmed your light in which no one can tell if you are a Christian or not, of have you walked worthy of being called a Christian by the power and grace of God?

Friday, May 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (215): Galatians 5:24 states, “And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Therefore, the opposite is true. If we have not crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts, then we are not His. Crucifying the flesh is the expected holy and sanctified life. Eating and drinking whatever one pleases, giving into the urges to participate in harmful things including cigarettes and non-married sexual arousing (does not even have to go as far as intercourse), getting involved in watching sports wasting time in front of the TV, enjoying the entertainments of the world that are not wholesome, and the list goes on are all part of the affections of the world, some are even lusts. Basically, walking after the flesh and not the Spirit, the opposite of Romans 8:1, is what God condemns and considers us unconverted. Despite claiming to be saved, if we give into those things, we are lying to ourselves. So, what affections or lusts are you giving into carelessly, or have you truly crucified the flesh, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6)?

Thursday, May 06, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (214): 2 Corinthians 5:15 says, “And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” Not doing our own thing but doing those things that Christ would want us to do is the expected holy and sanctified life. Paul said it this way also: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). Basically, “the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). Now, the conclusion is that when we live to ourselves, participate in sin, walk after the flesh, we are lost no matter if we were baptized or not. When we deny ourselves living in obedience to Christ, walk in the gift of eternal life, walk after the Spirit, we are saved. It is a choice. It is not earning. It is a revelation of our relationship with Christ. We either live like the devil or like Christ. So, do you “walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6) referring to Jesus, or do you live a life of whatever you feel like doing?

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (213): 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.” This is for everyone. This is not for the lost when they commit suicide. This is not for the rebellious that fill their mind with the awful entertainment of the world. This is for both the believer and the unbeliever. To protect the temple, our bodies, and treat them properly is the sanctified and holy life. A true Christian will not smoke. A true Christian will be careful what the mind is filled with. A true Christian will watch what they eat, how much they eat, even when they eat. They will be careful of all health aspects. So, how careful are you?

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (212): Romans 2:5-8 speaks of “the righteous judgment of God”, and He “will render to every man according to his deeds” (Romans 2:6). It does not excuse away anyone claiming to be saved. It is every man. The verses go on to identify two groups. “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life” (Romans 2:7). This is the expected holy and sanctified life. “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath” (Romans 2:8). There are only two options. We either obey the truth in well doing and are saved, or if we do not, we are lost. This is not earning Heaven. This is a result of being saved. Once we are justified, freely forgiven of our sins, and freely provided with the gift of eternal life, we then go forward in obedience to God instead of our selfish and even sinful ways. So, are you really in a saved relationship obeying the truth and well doing, or are you claiming it by name to be saved while participating in unrighteousness here and there?

Monday, May 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (211): Acts 5:32 clearly teaches that the Holy Ghost only comes to those that obey God, which is the expected sanctified and holy life. “And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Therefore, anyone claiming to have the gift of tongues or say they are led by the Holy Spirit while living in disobedience are liars. So, do you live in obedience to God, specifically to “obey the commandments of the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 11:27), or are you lying?

Sunday, May 02, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (210): John 3:6 talks of the born-again Spirit. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” The contrast is that those who are not born again, they do those things that please the flesh. Those that are born again live according to the Spirit. And remember, “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). There is condemnation for those that live like the world while salvation is those walking after the Spirit. That is the sanctified and holy life. To claim to be saved and think this verse has no application or consequence is of Satan. So, do you live like the world or led by the Spirit?

Friday, April 30, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (209): At first glance, Luke 3:11 does not appear to refer to the sanctified and holy life, but when one compares scripture, it most certainly does. “He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.” Again, these words, even though they are spoken just before Jesus Christ starts His ministry are not for the Jews. The words in the Bible are for all time because not every word of John the Baptist is recorded. Besides, later, Jesus would tell a parable about sheep and goats regarding “…Naked, and ye clothed me…” (Matthew 2536). The result was “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). Those that do not give their coat to those in need, the result is “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). Therefore, the connection between generous acts of kindness is the expected holy life of a true Christian. So, how kind and generous are you towards those in true need?

Thursday, April 29, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (208): Mark 7:9 states, “And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.” Though Jesus was rebuking the Pharisees, the bottom line is that the commandments of God are not to be rejected or laid aside (verse 8) for any reason because Jesus said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil” (Matthew 5:17). And yet, today, Bible verses are twisted to make it appear that the commandments can be laid aside and rejected. The problem is ignorance. All the verses that state that the law is done away with are referring to the laws that pointed to Jesus, which are the ceremonial laws, but the moral law, as in the Ten Commandments, can never be set aside for they are God’s laws that governs all the universe in morality. So, do you pit the Bible against itself choosing to cancel out the Ten Commandments and become immoral, or do you see that there is a difference in the laws found in the Bible and only those governing the sacrificial system have been done away with because Jesus is fulfilling those elements starting with dying on the cross as the Lamb of God?

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (207): Matthew 5:16 states, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The word “let” is not just a desire; it is a command. “Let us go to the store”, in today’s terms, would allow the response of, “No thanks.” And that is the problem with many Bible readers. Modern use of words can greatly weaken the meaning. Therefore, we are actual to show our light of good works, not to earn Heaven, but glorify God the Father, and I would say that it glorifies Jesus too. Showing forth our light shows that the salvation that God the Father sent through His Son is shining forth in us. In other words, Jesus came to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) that we “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body” (Romans 6:12) “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin” (1 Peter 4:1) that “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). So, how does your light shine? Does it shine forth worldliness and even sin showing the light of the world and even Satan, or does it shine forth the life of Christ righteousness for you have “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14)?

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (206): Revelation 2:26 says, “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations.” Only those that overcome, of course, that is overcoming sin, and also keep Jesus’ works will receive the power over the nations. Those that do not are not in Heaven being powerless. Those that do not overcome will actually not be in Heaven. The works of Jesus is summarized in the words of 1 John 2:6, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” So, are you overcoming sin and walking as Jesus walked?

Monday, April 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (205): Jude 1:20-21 is so loaded with information. “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” To be told to “keep yourselves in the love of God” clearly teaches that “once saved, always saved” is not true. The danger is that it places people in complacency, indifferent regarding developing a Christian character, uninterested in the Ten Commandments, uncaring towards true Bible study, and eventually, a pompous attitude of “I’m saved and I can do anything I want and cannot be lost” is developed. How do we keep ourselves in the love of God? “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). To keep the Ten Commandments and obeying the scriptures is how we keep in His love. Disobedience, on the other hand, as Jesus said, “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me” (John 14:24). Additionally, we are told to build up upon a most holy faith, not just to have faith, for people think faith cancels out the Ten Commandments. Paul wrote, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). Too many Christians are “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). Too many Christians “profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). So, do you love God shewing (not earning) the world by keeping God’s commandments and abiding by the Word of God?

Sunday, April 25, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (204): 1 John 2:8 states plainly, “Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.” Where exactly is this commandment inside us? Hebrews 8:10 tells us, “…I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts….” Jesus even said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). The summary of the Ten Commandments begins with the heart, mind, and soul dedicated to God. So, are the commandments in your heart, dedicating every thought and action to obedience to God, or do you detest the commandments not taking obedience to be that important?

Friday, April 23, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (203): 2 Peter 2:14 uses an opposite statement to show who the lost are therefore, the expectation of the Christian is to not participate in those things. “Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children.” Now, many Christians say, “I don’t seek after adultery!” But many Christians enjoy a bit of adultery in movies and TV as well as in participating, hearing or telling, of sexual jokes. Statistics state that a good portion of Christians enjoy porn. All of that is adultery including simply enjoying looking at the opposite gender who are not fully clothed, enjoying looking at them in swimsuits, etc., again is all adultery in God’s eyes. But the main point is what is upon almost every Christian’s lips and that is that “No one can cease from sin!” That is a lie. There are way too many verses that God commands otherwise. If it were not possible, then God would not set the expectation that high. Sure, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Further, 2 Peter 2:10 tells us that those that live for the “flesh”, what the body craves, are going to fall into verse 14 and think there is no way to stop But Paul tells us “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16), therefore, those that think they cannot stop sinning are actually not spiritual. They live selfishly, gratifying whatever the body craves when Jesus tells us, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). So, are you walking after the flesh believing that you cannot stop sinning, or are you walking after the Spirit and by the grace and power of God stop sinning?

Thursday, April 22, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (202): 1 Peter 1:22 says, “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently.” Clearly when we hear the truth of the gospel we are to do more than simply mouth the words, “I believe!”. Although that is a step in receiving salvation, the next is to “go on unto perfection” (Hebrews 6:1) by obeying the gospel truth. That is truly being filled with the Holy Spirit resulting in “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 19:19) by obeying our parents (authority), not killing, not committing adultery, not stealing, not bearing false witness, and by not coveting for on this principle of loving our neighbor as well as “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37) “hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:39) as these two greatest commandments summarize the Ten Commandments. Now, have you purified your soul through obeying the truth by the grace and power of God as we are unable to do so without such, or are you just loving “in word” and “tongue” “but” not “in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18)?

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (201): Those that claim that once a person is saved, there is no way to lose salvation are pitting the Bible against itself. Verses do not cancel each other out for the Holy Spirit that inspired Paul to pen is the same One that inspired James to pen. Most Christians forget that the Author of the Bible is God. Paul, James, and others are mere writers. So, when God says that we are saved “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8) using Paul to pen it, that is a correct statement, but equally true is that we are then to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). In other words, the free justification of our souls is something just about every preacher teaches and the world of Christianity eats it up. And why not? What a wonderful gift! But if it is preached to the ignoring of the requirement to then live a sanctified and holy life, that preacher may not have said error but is considered a false prophet for not revealing the rest of the gospel. So, do hear only the wonderful words of grace, or are you also a doer of God’s Word?

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (200): Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The Word of God is the standard for Jesus even said, “If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31). Seeing that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile (Romans 10:12), this is for all of us. To continue in the Word of God is to live the Word of God every day. That means that God measures our thoughts and intents of our hearts every day. Another way of saying it is what we have been saying for 200 times now, God expects when we are “saved” that we then become a “new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). The new thing is living according to God’s Word as every time we open the Bible, something new should be revealed if studied properly. So, are you living according to God’s expectations by the grace (2 Corinthians 12:9) and power (2 Peter 1:3) that He provides for the willing mind (2 Corinthians 8:12), or are you just claiming to be a Christian in name while living the old worldly life?

Monday, April 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (199): In Titus 2:1-5, we are told that “sound doctrine” is involved. We see that so far “aged men” and “aged women” are addressed but this is only the beginning. The expectation of aged Christians is set, which is the expected sanctified life and a life of “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). We are not freely saved to live our own lives but to “be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience” (Titus 2:2), have a “behaviour as becometh holiness” (Titus 2:3), to be “obedient” (Titus 2:5) so “that the word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:5). In other words, many Christians are blaspheming the Word of God thinking they are saved while living in disobedience, living worldly lives, disregarding the expectations set forth in the New Testament of what a Christian really is, let alone the whole Bible, and area also dismissing God’s commandments. So, do you blaspheme the Word of God, or do you live it?

Sunday, April 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (198): 2 Timothy 2:12 states, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with [him]: if we deny [him], he also will deny us.” Using the Bible for the definition of “deny”, Titus 1:16 tells us, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” So, our works reveal if we deny Jesus or not. To be disobedient is the opposite of obedient and a synonym to the word “obey” is “keep”. Therefore, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). That means, keeping the Ten Commandments is evidence that we do not deny Jesus but declare Jesus, however, if we are disobeying the commandments by breaking them or discarding them, we then are denying Jesus and He will deny us entrance into Heaven. Keeping the commandments reveals the power of God “to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). Breaking the Ten Commandments shows denial of that power. Keeping the Ten Commandments does not earn Heaven. Heaven has been given to us as a gift, but like any gift, we have the option to deny acceptance of it. So, do you deny Jesus in your works or shew forth your declaration of Jesus by keeping His commandments?

Friday, April 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (197): 1 Timothy 2:1-2 begins with exhorting. That is a strong word that such is the expectation of a Christian. “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” This is addressed to all Christians and not just to Timothy. That means a person has been freely justified, forgiven of their sins, and given the gift of eternal life. Now, in receiving these things, we are to live a “life in all godliness and honesty”. That is the sanctified and holy life of a true Christian and not one that is just claiming to be a Christian. So, are you living in godliness and honesty?

Thursday, April 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (196): 2 Thessalonians 2:14 is a verse for the investigator. The holy and sanctified life is not easily apparent, but we shall do our best to reveal this gem in an as easy as a manner as possible. “Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The response to the gospel by believing brings on the justified or forgiven state, even the free gift of salvation. The obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ is obtaining the holy and sanctified life. That is because the word “glory” is not some bright light experience or a euphoria of heavenly bliss. In Exodus 33:18, Moses requested to see God’s glory. Exodus 33:19-23, God said that He would shew His glory but will have to place His hand of protection upon Moses because to receive the full appearance in Moses’ current human condition would destroy him. Exodus 34:5-7, God’s glory is presented to Moses. “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation]” (Exodus 34:6-7). God’s glory is His character. Therefore, the word “glory” is synonymous with “character”. And the conclusion is that once we receive the gospel, we then obtain the “character of our Lord Jesus Christ”. In other words, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20). Now, many, many Christians have received a gospel message, but are you part of the few that have moved on to obtaining the character of our Lord Jesus Christ by His grace and divine power?

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (195): 1 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” The Word of God works in us. The work it performs does not cause us to believe because according to the verse, we already believe when it begins the work. That work transforms us into “a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17), which is the sanctified and holy life as we see our old worldly desires pass away and live for Christ (Galatians 2:20). It will “Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:21). “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, is the gospel working in you making you a new creature preparing you to go to Heaven to dwell with holy beings by sanctifying you and making you holy, or is worldliness still having a grip pulling you back into your old life, resisting the transformation and making you lax towards godly things, in which, in the end you will be lost?

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (194): Colossians 2:6 states, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, [so] walk ye in him.” Here is brought out the justification, which is receiving Christ Jesus the Lord, and the expected sanctified life afterwards, which is to walk ye in Him. In other words, act like Christ would act. Stop just saying, “I am a Christian” and be a Christian. That is what the name Christian means. It means to be like Christ; follow Christ’s example, “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). So, are you walking as Christ walked in character?

Monday, April 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (193): Philippians 3:12-14 states, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [this] one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Even Paul did not obtain perfection at this point, which many Christians turn around and say, “Then what is the use?” It is called attitude. It is not that Paul kept repeating the same sins, but as we, by the grace of God, clear away sin from our lives, we realize that there are things that we did not know were sinful. Further studying of the Bible, even of the same passages that we studied before, with those sins now gone from us, we can see the Word of God deeper, convicting us of needing to rid ourselves of other sins. The example set by Paul that we are to follow is that of pressing towards the mark, the goal. It is a very high calling that all Christians are called to seek after, otherwise, we are glorifying sin and Satan; we are then preoccupied with the things of this world and not looking towards the eternal. So, are you glorifying God each day by pressing towards the mark?

Sunday, April 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (192): Ephesians 2:21 states, “In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord.” If we are to grow, we are to “grow in grace” (2 Peter 3:18), which grace is for forgiving of sins, therefore, we grow away from sinning. Further, we are to be part of a holy temple. Sinning is not holy. Therefore, like the building of Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 6:7), which is the purpose of being recorded in the Bible, a chiseling of our character is to be conducted here in the quarry of earth so that when we are taken to the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2), we are just fitted into place without a strike of an instrument. All of that is the holy and sanctified life that we are to form here on earth over time being made ready to be taken to Heaven. This begins once we come “in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). In other words, the sanctified life is the fruit of being justified, forgiven, receiving grace, being saved. So, is your character being chiseled or are you resisting the work of the Spirit, the fitting up to dwell with holy beings?

Friday, April 09, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (191): Galatians 5:18 states “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” That “under the law” phrase has tripped up so many Christians. Many believe, “I can speak in tongues; therefore, I am led of the Spirit and there is no need to keep the commandments because I am not under the law.” If Christians would read all of chapter 5, they would realize that to be led of the spirit is to avoid the lifestyle of living for the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) and then to have “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23). That is the sanctified and holy life because each of those words tie somehow back to the commandments, like, Jesus saying, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). To be under the law is under the condemnation and punishment, but if we are living in obedience, we are not under condemnation or punishment. So, do you dismiss the Ten Commandments because you feel like you are led of the Spirit, or do you keep the commandments as a result of being actually led by the Spirit being guided in all truth (John 16:13) and be convicted of “sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8)?

Thursday, April 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (190): 2 Corinthians 5:11 states, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” Being manifest unto God and even forming a conscience approved of God is the expected holy and sanctified life. Anything short is a dead relationship with God. When we are justified, freely forgiven and freely offered eternal life, every day is to be a growing experience. What we hated of sin one day ought to strengthen. What righteousness we love one day ought to be strengthened as well. Our conscience does not instantly become perfect. It takes time. Some people who were into television initially cut out the real raunchy content. Eventually, the little allowances for other programs containing objectionable mild content will cause the conscience to form to the point where they do not want that either. And over time, they may form a conscience that declares that they do not even want TV anymore. If we are not manifesting a conscience like this in all aspects of our lives, we are merely Christian in name. As Jesus said, “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear” (Mark 4:28), referring to Christian growth, we are to keep growing. If we are not growing, we then will wither and die. So, are you becoming manifest unto God and manifesting a good and righteous conscience formed by being in God’s Word daily, or are you lax and dying spiritually thinking, “What does it matter? I’m saved anyways!”?

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (189): If in 1 Corinthians 3:3, Paul is condemning the church members living carnal or worldly lives, then the expectation of a Christian is to stop living such worldly lives. “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” In fact, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). This clearly puts the contrast between real Christians and “in name only” Christians. Every Christian entertained by the world through its sports, TV, movies, music, political agendas, fashion, foods, drinks, even slang and hand gestures, and much more are not true Christians. And “in name only” Christians are not saved despite proclaiming it. So, do you walk as the world or as Christ?

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (188): Romans 2:3 clearly teaches that anyone who thinks they are “saved” yet do the same sins as those that are not “saved” are not going to escape the judgment of God, in other words, they will be judged as lost. “And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?” Therefore, to stop being like the rest of the world is to live the holy and sanctified life. We are not to participate or be entertained in prideful things, such as sports. We are not to open ourselves up to listening to violence, bloodshed, and sexual content. There are many things the world finds acceptable and intensifying in the content that we are not to be part of, else, our minds shall be conformed, and we shall be lost. So, are you doing or enjoying the same sins of the world, or are you “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18)?

Monday, April 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (187): The famous words of Peter are found in Acts 5:29: “We ought to obey God rather than men”. The word “obey” is the holy and sanctified life, which is the expectation of every Christian, otherwise they a Christian in name only and will be lost. To obey God rather than men is beyond the walls of a counsel or courtroom. If man allows “little lies”, a Christian will not lie. If man allows a bit of nudity to be viewed in movies and suggestiveness in TV programs, a Christian will not view it. If man changes the day of the Sabbath, a Christian will keep to the seventh day, Friday night until Saturday night as God’s Sabbath. In other words, it is man that has changed or done away with the commandments even by the disguise of being a minister, but it is up to the Christian to follow stick with God’s Word. So, do you stick with God’s Word?

Thursday, April 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (186): In John 3:5, Jesus does not say the word “Jew” but does say the generic application of the word “man”. So, when Jesus makes the statement, it is applicable for us even today. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” To be born of the Spirit is to show forth the “fruit of the Spirit”. And “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23). We are to have all of these pieces for it is one fruit. And as stated yesterday, they all tie into obedience and many tie into the Ten Commandments. Therefore, to be born of the Spirit is to obey God without which, Jesus just said, “he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”. Obedience, the fruit of a saved relationship, is the holy and sanctified life. So, are you truly born of water and the Spirit, or do you claim the ability to speak in tongues as your evidence negating completely what it means to be born again? By the way, God is not going to care if you can speak in tongues, but He will care if you are going to possibly taint Heaven with holding onto sin.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (185): Luke 3:9 sets the holy and sanctified life by stating, “And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” If we do not bring forth good fruit like “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23), we shall be lost no matter how loudly we sing, claim to be saved, or anything else that we call Christian. And if we are “having” to force good fruit, it is already tainted. True saved people bring forth good fruit automatically by the grace of God dwelling in the heart. Find out each of these words as defined by the Bible and not today’s dictionary to see from God’s perspective that the list of the “fruit of the Spirit” connects with obedience in all of them and most of them directly ties into the Ten Commandments. For instance, take the word “love”, which the Bible says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). There is the “joy” of obedience to God’s commandments (psalms 40:8). The peace through trials especially during persecution for living according to God’s commandments (psalms 119:165). The longsuffering through those trials as well (1 Timothy 1:16). Gentleness is submissive to God (2 Timothy 2:24), which is obedience, and resisting the temptation to explode in anger. Goodness is reflected in the obedience to the commandments (2 Chronicles 35:26). Faith includes not only to be saved for Heaven but to cease from sinning (Matthew 9:2). Meekness is another submissive and obedient act resisting pride (Titus 3:2). And being temperate is yet another submissive and obedient act resisting appetite (1 Corinthians 9:25). So, are you brining forth the Bible’s version of good fruit, or are you just declaring that you are a good person in general and that is good enough?

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (184): The message from Jesus, from the apostles, and what should be from preachers today is found in Mark 6:12 – “And they went out, and preached that men should repent.” Repentance is a sorrow for sin and not the fact that one was caught in sin. It is something determined between the sinner and God, not a potential loss of earthly recognition. But, if one truly repents, we are told, “Repent, and turn [yourselves] from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin” (Ezekiel 18:30). It is the same in the New Testament by reference made in Acts 26:20: “they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” Basically, the works that show repentance is to stop doing the sin. Too many Christians either do not repent or they say they repent but continue excusing sin in their life. So, have you truly repented and stopped doing the sins, or are you not truly repentant?

Monday, March 29, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (183): Matthew 5:13 not reveals that we are expected to live a holy and sanctified life, it also reveals that it is possible to give up the relationship with Jesus and be lost, rebuking the thought that once we are saved, we are eternally saved. That is not true. “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” The way Christians become salt to be trodden under foot, which is a lost state, is to claim to be saved but live like the world, especially being indifferent towards religious matters. “Hey, you want to study the Bible?” “No thanks, my favorite show is on TV.” “Hey, you want to go to church?” “No thanks, I have tickets to go watch my favorite team.” In other words, all of the Christians that live like worldly people are not influencing the world to Christ, hence, they lost their savor. Only those that retain the savor by the grace of God are the true Christians. They resist temptation instead of giving in. They do not do the things that unconverted friends do. So, are you salt that has savor to it, or have you lost your savor, the influence?

Sunday, March 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (182): Revelation 2:23 states, “And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” The fruit or works of a person determines the destination. How people cannot see this is just sure madness. People just want to go to hell. The Bible does not contradict itself; people do. Many Christians believe that they are saved while being stuck in their sins because the other option they believe is to work one’s way to Heaven. Given only two options, it is easily seen why the theology of “once saved, always saved” has come about, but the error is not in correctly rejecting working one’s way to Heaven. The error is in believing in only two choices. There are actually three choices. The first is to be careless believing that no one can become perfect despite the numerous verses that says it is possible to stop sinning and expected (Matthew 5:48). The second is to earn salvation which is not possible at all and correctly rejected (Galatians 2:16). But the third and neglected option is to produce the works from a saved relationship (Galatians 5:22-23). Therefore, after one believes they are saved by the merits of Jesus Christ and continue sinning, they actually “in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). Instead, “the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). So, are you lost in your sins or saved by the fruit of the Spirit?

Sunday, March 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (181): Jude 1:20-21 states, “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” To “keep yourselves in the love of God’ is the holy and sanctified life, of which if we do not do this, we shall fall away and be lost. Daily we are to keep ourselves in the love of God. And Jesus said, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21), and “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). So, do you keep God’s Word and His commandments by the grace and mercy of God and especially by the divine dower keeping yourself in the love of God, or do you not look into His Word or not keep His commandments loving self and please others instead?

Friday, March 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (180): 2 John 1:10-11 states, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” Therefore, the unification of religions is not of God. There is a difference between respecting someone of another faith and accepting of their beliefs. We do not all serve the same God, especially they that worship multiple gods. To incorporate some of their beliefs, like yoga, meditation trance, etc. into Christianity is evil. Therefore, we are to “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines” (Hebrews 13:9) for we are living in a time “when they will not endure sound doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:3). To hold to the Christian doctrine and practice is the holy and sanctified life that is expected of a Christian. To accept other practices is not the expected life of a Christian and is actually a betrayer to Christ and therefore will be lost. So, do have and practice just the Christian doctrine, or have you been deceived into accepting other practices from other religions?

Thursday, March 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (178): 1 John 2:5 says, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” The Keeping of God’s Word is the holy and sanctified life for Jesus even said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings” (John 14:23-24). With Jesus’ statement, we clearly see that it is not a degree of love to be perfected but rather having love for God or not. So, do you “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37) showing it by obeying God’s Word?

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (178): 2 Peter 1:12 sets yet another expectation of Christians. “Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know [them], and be established in the present truth.” Just like the first day of work and successive days after, it is a learning experience to become successful on the job. An employee does not just sit there at a job doing whatever they want and get paid for it. It is wonderful that a person has accepted their Savior, Jesus Christ, and it is wonderful that they were baptized having their sins washed away, but now, there is a growing knowledge of the expectation of what a Christian is to be. We are not to continue in our old life (Romans 6:6). How a famous Christian lived a hundred years ago, due to ignorance, does not mean we neglect present truth, which is present knowledge. Years ago, many did not know smoking was detrimental to health. Just because a famous preacher got drunk like Martin Luther or smoked and yet is expected to go to Heaven does not justify such habits today when we live in the present knowledge that those things are condemned of God. To be established or to be living in present knowledge is the holy and sanctified life. So, are you established or purposely remaining ignorant?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (177): The fact that in 1 Peter 1:17-21 we are told that the “redeemed” (1 Peter 1:18) and those that “believe” (1 Peter 1:21) are still going to be subject to “the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work” (1 Peter 1:17), we ought to realize that there is more to salvation than just being forgiven. That judging of our work is not to determine a certain placement level in Heaven as there is only one placement – we are either in Heaven eternally or we are lost. Therefore, as we are told, “let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Our actions reveal if we are saved or not. “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). We are compelled to not sin. It is like being saved from a slave marriage. Let us say that our first husband was abusive and murderous, and in rightful action, the person that would become our second husband would kill the first husband right at the moment that first husband was about to kill us [based upon Romans 7]. If we truly love our second husband, would we do those things that are pleasing to the first husband, which would upset the second? Of course not! But that is what many Christians do today -- “Thank you Jesus for saving me from the devil, now let me continue to excuse sin in my life.” So, by your works, who do you show you are married to? Are you “espoused … to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2)? Or are you still married to the dead husband, the devil?

Monday, March 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (176): The words of James 1:21 is so direct. “Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.” If we do not lay off all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, then we shall not be saved for “Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Yet, many Christians claim to be saved while excusing a little naughtiness here and there and partake in filthiness, especially in the form of being entertained by TV, movies, and songs. “Oh, I know the song has lude comments, but the beat is so good.” “Oh, I know there is a bit of foul language in this movie but they are just trying to keep it real.” Remember, one day God will declare “he which is filthy, let him be filthy still” (Revelation 22:11). And no one ought to want to be like Ephraim chasing after celebrities, “Ephraim [is] joined to idols: let him alone” (Hosea 4:17). To be “let alone” is to be lost. And by the power of God, it is possible to separate from all filthiness: “ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you” (Ezekiel 36:25). So, are you still attached to what God sees is filthy and naughty, or have you separated yourself from fitting in with the world?

Sunday, March 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (175): Hebrews 3:12-13 states, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” To “take heed”, to not “depart from the living God”, and to not become “hardened” are all key words of a holy and sanctified life obeying the words of Jesus, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). And if we were to give into temptation, that would be the “deceitfulness of sin”. In other words, we are not to sin. Even eternal life is based on an “if” earlier stated. “Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end” (Hebrews 3:6). This is similar to being told, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). If we do not hold onto that hope and give into temptation and then sin, that means we are not enduring and eventually will be lost. For now, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9), but there is coming a time that we will not be able to do that. It is called the close of probation where “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). So, are you giving into the deceitfulness of sin by excusing away even the “so called” little sins, or are you taking heed and watching and praying to not enter into temptation being kept from falling (Jude 1:24)?

Friday, March 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (174): Titus 1:16 clearly addresses those that claim to be saved while allowing sin into their lives. “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Claiming to be a Christian while disobeying God’s commandments, doing the abominable thing, and being unprincipled in their deeds is a Christian in name only. Look up the word “abomination” in all of its forms and the result will show what God calls an abomination. Eating God’s garbage disposal creatures is on the list (Leviticus 11, Isaiah 66:17). Another item that is an abomination is having marital activity between same gender couples. And there are many others. Those that do such things are unholy and unsanctified, therefore, the expectation is to cease from all such activities and be holy and sanctified. So, are you an “in name only” Christian, or are you a holy and sanctified Christian kept by the “divine power” of God (2 Peter 1:3) being “preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)?

Thursday, March 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (173): 2 Timothy 2:11 may initially not appear to be applicable, but it is. “[It is] a faithful saying: For if we be dead with [him], we shall also live with [him].” Being dead to something is the holy and sanctified life. Now, let us find out what we are to be dead to. Paul makes it quite plain in his own writings; therefore, he does not keep on redefining it every time he refers to being spiritually dead, like in 2 Timothy 2:11. He just states the words, and we are to recall what he means. We are to be educated in the Word, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), which means to study it properly. Romans 6:7 clearly teaches “For he that is dead is freed from sin.”, as well as, Romans 6:11 telling us, “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” In fact, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). Peter even chimes in with, “we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24). And this process of being dead to our sins is a daily task for Paul stated, “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). I too protest towards everyone that claims to be saved while sinning still, for I too wake up each day committing my life to be dead to sinning and to glorify God in righteousness. So, are you dead to your sins and alive unto Christ, or is sin still active in your life creating a separation from Christ?

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (172): 1 Timothy 1:19-20 describes two people that used to be in the faith but did not hold onto their faith and ending up in a lost state. “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.” In fact, Timothy is encouraged of Paul in the prior verses to be careful and “war a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18), otherwise, he could end up like these two individuals. Therefore, holding onto faith and not making “shipwreck” of it is a work to be done once we receive the faith. In other words, we receive the gift from God and the result is to “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41), just as Jesus told us. That is the holy and sanctified life as well as these verses are once again teaching that we are to “die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31) to those temptations or end up losing salvation. Salvation is something needing held onto and is not something we wear and cannot take off, even by choice. So, are you holding onto your faith by not giving into temptation?

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (170): 2 Thessalonians 2:13 says clearly and blatantly, “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth”. In receiving salvation, in becoming saved, it is done through making us sanctified or holy. That is not just a declaration while we live unholy lives sinning here and there, especially since the verse continues with action on our part – “belief of the truth”. Jesus told us exactly how this combination of truth and sanctification works by saying, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, are you regularly in God’s Word wanting to become holy by discovering more and more of what a Christian ought to be, having “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) because “as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27)?

Monday, March 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (170): When we receive the gospel, even the free gift of salvation, 1 Thessalonians 2:12 outlines our response to receiving it. “That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.” This is the sanctified and holy life. Walking or living with the allowance of sinning is not walking worthy of God but of Satan. And Satan does not care if we are mostly good. The simple commandment of coveting the throne of God, which caused the breaking of other commandments is what got Satan kicked out of Heaven. One disobedient act of eating the forbidden fruit is what got Adam and Eve kicked out of the garden, as they then started breaking other commandments. So it is with us. We think it is just a little sin, but in reality, we end up breaking multiple commandments. They got kicked out of Heaven for what appeared to be little sins. Do you really think we are going to enter into Heaven in continuing to break those commandments right up to the second coming to pollute the perfect place of Heaven?

Sunday, March 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (169): Colossians 1:13 states, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son”. The power of darkness is from the devil (Acts 26:18). The instrument to keep us in darkness is sin (Acts 26:18). To be delivered from the power of darkness is to be delivered from sinning, and to be translated into the kingdom is not referring to when we go to Heaven but part of “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). And Jesus said, regarding His kingdom, “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). As a reminder, breaking the commandments even while claiming to be saved is a lost state. Keeping the commandments to get into Heaven is a lost state. Keeping the commandments as a result of Jesus saving us is a saved state. Those are our only three options, of which the last one is the sanctified and holy life free from the darkness of sin and Satan and is the expected lifestyle of a true Christian. So, have you been delivered from the darkness, or are you still living in the darkness pretending to be in the light?

Friday, March 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (168): Clearly Philippians 2:14-16 teaches that the fruit of a holy and sanctified life, even a blameless one, reveals if we are saved or not. “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” The world is perverse. They like murder, bloodshed, even sex, having a worldly lifestyle, and yet we watch it as if it is acceptable in the form of sports, TV, and the movies. We listen to it in the form of music and accept it because it is the law of the land. Paul clearly intends to convey that only those that do or “observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20), as stated by Jesus, being always without “blame and harmless” as we interact in the world but not be of the world (John 17:16), being sons of God instead of sinning and being children of the devil (John 8:44), being lights of salvation in this dark world (John 8:12) instead of participating in their darkness, “holding to the word of life” as opposed to “the wages of sin” which “[is] death” (Romans 6:23). That is to be the end or result of Paul’s labor, which means, if we do live like the world, the words of the gospel are vain to us and we shall be lost. None of these things have a place in justification, the forgiveness and the gift of eternal life, but it has a whole lot to do with being converted into a being that can dwell with God, holy angels, and other saints for eternity where sin does not rise up a second time (Nahum 1:9). So, is the gospel vain upon you as you mouth the words of salvation only and permitting sin in your life, or are you actually doing those things because you have received salvation?

Thursday, March 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (167): When we read that we are to “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1, 4), and then we read, “Wherefore remember, that ye [being] in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:11-13), we see that this is actually a call to walking or living in Christ the holy and sanctified life. If we are in Christ, we cease acting like Gentiles in the flesh, which is our old “past” sinning. So, are you still acting like a Gentile or are you acting in Christ, “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6)?

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (166): When a person reads Galatians 3, it looks quite obvious that the holy and sanctified life of living according to the commandments is thrown out, but that is because many Christians do not understand what Galatians 3 is all about. In fact, in verse 21, Paul pauses to ask, “[Is] the law then against the promises of God?” The answer is “God forbid”. Seeing that Paul compares faith on one side and law obedience on the other, let Paul clearly state, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). That means Galatian 3 does not remove the obedience to the commandments as we are to actually establish the commandments, which is to live by them. As Peter said, “our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all [his] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as [they do] also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2 Peter 3:15-16). Those unstable in the faith, those with a bent to be allowed to remove the Ten Commandments, will wrestle the scriptures to their purpose. Galatians 3 is all about the law in relationship to justification. The law cannot save. Law abiding cannot earn anything. There are no works that we can work to make up for a single sin. We must completely go by faith believing we are justified (Galatians 3:8, 11, 24). But there is another part to salvation. It is called the sanctified and holy life in which it is expected that we live by once we are freely justified, forgiven. So, do you wrestle Galatians 3 into the cancellation of all of the New Testament verses on the subject of sanctification, on obeying the commandments, and even doing away even with Paul’s clear statements on the matter, or do you understand Galatians 3 focuses on the justification part in which no law keeping can contribute to, however, a sanctified life is expected thereafter?

Tuesday, March 02, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (165): 2 Corinthians 5:10 plainly states, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.” The good things that are done in the body is the holy and sanctified life. The bad things done in the body is the sinful life. All are judged in this manner. In fact, we are ALL judged in this manner. If we are doing bad, even after claiming to be saved, we are lost, for once again, there is no exceptions clause in that verse. It does not excuse Christians regarding the bad things they do. If they are still doing the bad things, they give evidence that Jesus is not in their hearts. We do not do the good to earn Heaven. Good is the fruit that flows from a saving relationship with Jesus. Good can come from a legalist’s heart as well thinking they are earning Heaven, and they shall be sadly disappointed. In either case, bad things coming from the heart is sinful no matter being a believer or unbeliever and shall be lost. Even Jesus said, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16). Producing both good and bad fruit means that the good fruit is legalistic fruit thinking it will offset the bad fruit, and therefore, it is actually all bad fruit. “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:18). So, is your fruit good or bad?

Monday, March 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (164): According to 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, sanctified people will mind the things of God and not of the world. Those that are very much into sports, TV programs, movies, music of the world are referred to as the “natural man”. Yes, we have a natural tendency to love entertainment. We naturally are drawn to those things the gratify the senses, hence why there is high tendency to sensuality, be it by sex, food, drink, exciting vacations, and more. The things of God are foolishness to them. Many Christians will go through the motion of Christianity, like go to church and give to the church, but they are not into living it throughout the week. Bible study is foreign to them, and if they dare open the Bible, they are easily confused. Basically, we are not to stay as a natural person but become spiritual. That is the born-again experience. That is the sanctified life. So, are you still gratifying the flesh or seeking after spiritual things? Is your conversation in the world or on eternal things?

Sunday, February 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (163): Romans 2:2 says, “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.” So, God listed out specific sins in chapter 1 and then it is stated that anyone who commits such things will receive God’s judgment, yet, there are Christians who claim to have been saved and cannot be plucked out of God’s hand forgetting that John 10:27 puts a condition on that promise, and that they can commit such things and still be saved. That is basically what such people who believe in “once saved, always saved”. That sounds more like the devil theory in which one verse or even two verses cancel out all of the other verses. We are up to 163 references in the Bible, many of which are very explicit, that the expectation of a born-again person is “that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1), and “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin” as well as “he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). And for those that think Romans 1 is for unbelievers, think again! 2 Timothy 3:5 describes people who appear godly while excusing away the divine power given to us by God to live a sinless life. This verse in Timothy follows the list of sins that would come into the church at the end of time (2 Timothy 3:1-4) and the one that connects us to Romans 1 is that of “without natural affection” (2 Timothy 3:3), referring to man with man and woman with woman. And such is not only in the church, but many denominations place them in pastoral roles as well as leadership roles! Romans 2:2 does not have an “except” clause either. It does not say, “… against them which commit such things, except if you are saved, then it is okay.” Any message that declares that grace permits sinning at any level is of the devil. “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). God wants us to live a holy and sanctified life. So, do you commit such sins deceiving yourself that you are still saved, or do you see the call to come out of that nonsense and walk the walk that Jesus walked (1 John 2:6)?

Friday, February 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (162): Acts 3:26 tells us straight out, “Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” Being turned from our iniquities is the holy and sanctified life. Iniquity is any sinning. Therefore, if we are truly blessed of Jesus, we will not continue in iniquity because He has turned us away from the excuses to allow us to sin, the practices thereof, and even the desire of it. It is called being converted. So, have you been blessed by Jesus, even converted, and ceased sinning, or do you just claim the blessings with your mouth while sinning as you allow yourself to sin?

Thursday, February 25, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (161): “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Clearly, if a person is not “born again”, they will not go to Heaven. The “born again” experience is the holy and sanctified life because the Bible defines the experience as: “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith” (1 John 5:4). “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18). In comparison, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Mouthing the words that a person is “born again” or saved means nothing. If we are continuing our sinful life, enjoying the distractions of the world, especially in wasting away time being entertained by it, we are of the devil no matter how much money we donate or how loud we sing. It is the fruit that reveals if we are “born again”. The fruit of sinning reveals we are not “born again” while the fruit of obedience reveals that we may be “born again”. The reason it only “may” reveal is because if someone thinks that obedience earns Heaven, although they are obeying, they are a legalist. Obedience reveals a saving relationship; it does not earn salvation. So, do you excuse sin and continue therein, or have you overcome your sins, overcome the world even, by the grace and power of God?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (160): Luke 3:8 states, “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” Today, it can be said, “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We are Christians and are saved: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Christ.” Some may think this is a stretch, but repentance is required: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). We repent because we love God and so “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18), and “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance”, which “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). And repentance is not one thing for the Jews and another thing for Christians or non-Jews “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him” (Romans 10:12). Fruit is the works of the fruit of the Spirit bringing forth all of those things. So, does your fruit or character reflect true repentance reflecting the fruit of the Spirit, or do you just mouth the fact that you are saved while continuing in your old life of excusing sinning here and there?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (159): Mark 4:24 says, “And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.” To “take heed” is to do. The thing we are to do is what we hear from God, which today, we read from the Word, the Bible. If we discover something in the Bible that we did not know before, we are to follow it. If we compare ourselves with others and say, “Well, they seem like a good person. They seem to be on their way to Heaven. They are not having to follow this verse, so neither will I”, then that is when “what we have” will be taken away from us. And what will be taken away from us is being aware to “hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Revelation 3:11). Although, “no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father's hand” (John 10:29), we can, as the example stated, look to other “men” and let them influence our decision to either “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37) or not. When we make the excuse not to obey what we see, that is how we lose the crown of eternal life. That is how we choose to leave the Father’s hand without a man pulling us out. Each of us are judged not on obtaining a certain level of Christianity but on what light each of us have. It is true that those that know little of the Christian lifestyle but takes heed to it all will go to Heaven when others Christians will go to hell who live more of a Christian lifestyle than the first person but makes excuses for certain “little sins” that the first person unknowingly is doing claiming that it is not fair to expect more of us and less of them. Just remember the parable of the workers and everyone getting a penny. Be careful. So, are you taking heed and obeying all that you know as if there were no other person on earth to compare to, or are you making excuses declare that too much is required of yourself while less is required of others?

Monday, February 22, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (158): Matthew 5:5 states, “Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” At quick glance, it does not appear that sanctification or holy living is expected in this verse, but when one understands that the opposite of meek is to be proud, we find that “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18), with the ultimate destruction being hell. Further, Jesus said, “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20) of which “the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work” (1 Peter 1:17). And what is that fruit or work that shall be judged? “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). If we do not have the fruit of the Spirit, of which meekness is part of, we will be judged to be lacking the fruit and shall be lost. So, are you a meek person or prideful one?

Sunday, February 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (157): Revelation 2:22 speaks plainly between the verses that are symbolic. In other words, there is no symbolism at the end of the verse that states, “Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” Our deeds, not our mouths, reveal if we are Christ’s or not. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). We can say we are Christian all the day long, that Jesus has saved us, but if the heart is not converted the deeds remain evil, sinful. And if sin does remain, even though it is not on the scale of committing murder, it reveals that we are still unconverted and will not be saved. Deeds earn nothing; they simply reveal. If we are saved, our deeds, our fruit, will be good. So, what type of deeds are in your life?

Friday, February 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (157): Jude 1:14-19 talks a lot about ungodly men. Most Christians do not consider themselves ungodly as they live in sin still, yet it is the actions not the words that determine if one is ungodly, a word not reserved only for the Hitlers, the Hugh Hefners, the really bad people. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Anything short of living in “deed and truth” is ungodly, for we are even told in the context of these verses, “These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit” (Jude 1:19). If we are given into anything sensual, which is more than sex, we are ungodly. That includes not being disciplined but given into temptation. Wanting to have something to gratify ourselves is inclusive. Wanting and getting the chocolate cake and being a glutton is an example. Seeking the corporate ladder because it feels good to have the income when one does not need that much money is inclusive. Not given into the sensual, to any sin is the holy and sanctified life. So, how much does sensuality control you?

Thursday, February 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (156): 2 John 1:9 speaks very plainly. “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” There are only two groups of people where doctrines determine if one has God or not. This verse does not say, “But if you are under grace”, “But if you are once saved”, “But if you have faith”, etc. We are to know the doctrines of Christ and abide or live them, which is the holy and sanctified life. If we do not, we are lost. God’s Word does not contradict itself. So do not go off pointing to other verses. Explain what this verse means if it does not mean what has been stated. The contradiction comes in when people who read the verses about grace, faith, condemning works even of the law to be saved, etc., they apply it to both the forgiveness part (justification) and the living part (sanctification), which is wrong. We are saved by grace – period. We have faith that that we are saved by grace. Grace is not something that se can contribute towards. We are just saved. But that is the justification part. Now that we are, we choose to live according to the doctrines of Christ giving evidence that we are saved, the sanctification part. If we live according to other people’s doctrines, that means that they save us. If we live according to what we think and how we ought to live, then we are saying that we save ourselves. So, through obedience and submission to doctrine, who do you show that you are saved by? God? Other people? Yourself?

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (155): 1 John 2:4 clearly states, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Therefore, it is not the truth that grace cancels the obedience to the Ten Commandments. It is not the truth that faith cancels the obedience to the Ten Commandments. It is not the truth to claim once you are saved, there is no possibility of being lost so the Ten Commandments are not important. It is not the truth for any reason to cancel the obedience to the Ten Commandments. If we are making an excuse to not keep the commandments, we are liars. And according to Revelation 21:8, they are in the list of people going to hell. “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” So, are you a liar, or are you keeping the Ten Commandments by the power of God (2 Peter 1:3, Jude 24)?

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (154): We are not going to repeat all of 2 Peter 4-10 here, but what Peter does in these verses is that he puts no difference between sinning before the cross and after the cross and puts no difference between being saved before the cross and after the cross. All the history of before the cross where people were destroyed or saved are examples for us to live by. We do not want to be like those that were lost in the days of Noah or Sodom and Gomorrah. In all cases, God is able to deliver the godly as He does today, which is the holy and sanctified life. That is what Peter brings out. There are only two classes of people. We are either godly or ungodly. A little allowance for sin here and there despite not murdering anyone makes us ungodly. It is not a percentage thing. We either “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37) or we do not. In other words, we are either 100% committed to God or we are not. There is no, “But I’m saved by grace!”, “I’m saved by faith!”. Even Paul tells us that grace is not the permission to continue breaking the commandments, which is sinning (Romans 6:1-2). “God forbid” was his declaration. So, are you living godly all of the time by the “divine power” of God, which is “given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3), or are you excusing sin in your life by “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5) to overcome sin?

Monday, February 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (153): 1 Peter 1:15-16 clearly states, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Clearly, we are to be holy, which is the sanctified life. When we choose to sin, and that is exactly what it is, we are not holy. And we are to be holy in every way that converses a message. That includes all facial expressions; of course, it includes the words spoken; but it also includes the clothing we wear and what we do. So, are you holy in every way you can convey a message, or do you not even think about those things and just do what is acceptable in society, like flipping people off in traffic, wearing shirts with worldly impressions, speak to once another that puts each other down (even in jest), etc.?

Sunday, February 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (152): James 1:19-20 states, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” Too many Christians are blinded by not understanding that if we do not have the righteousness of God, even though we may call ourselves a Christian, we are not. Therefore, it is the holy and sanctified life that is in self-control, but if we are quick to wrath over spilt milk, we are not holy or sanctified and will be lost. Keep in mind, not all anger is wrong or sinful. It is being in self-control of it and the subject manner in which we are angry about that matters. So, how quick is your temper?

Friday, February 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (151): Hebrews 3:1 refers to “holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling”. Why are they holy? Because they are partakers of what we are called to be. We are called to be holy and sanctified for Jesus said, “that they also might be sanctified through the truth” (John 17:19), specifically, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, are you living up to your holy calling studying the Word of God regularly and applying the expectation of that holy life into your daily life?

Thursday, February 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (150): Philippians 2:12-13 says, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure.” Obedience, “working out your own salvation”, and “to will and to do of His good pleasure”, are all phrases or words pointing to a sanctified and holy life that a true Christian will live. Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Galatians 2:20). Our selfish ways cease. Our own pleasure-seeking ceases. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we will seek always to please God. That means, when we have a moment to relax, we turn away from our pleasure of wanting to watch TV and turn to reading the Bible, as an example. When we are at the store and have an impulse buy set in, we evaluate if we really need it instead of if I can afford it. Holy and sanctified results of being saved is working out our salvation. In other words, to “work out our salvation” is to allow God to work in us to live the humble, content, and holy life He wants us to live. So, how much time, money, and effort do you waste on yourself each day?

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (149): Ephesians 2:8-9 clearly establishes the proper relationship between justification or forgiveness of our sins and sanctification or holy living afterwards. We live holy lives because we are saved, but what happens is that the attributes of justification are exaggerated into removing the sanctification part. In reading the first two of the three verses, it says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” And that is properly understood to mean that all of the commandment keeping, obedience, etc. will not allow us to save ourselves. We do not do any of those things nor can we do any of them to be saved. It is completely salvation through the gift that comes from Jesus Christ, but do not stop there. Now that you have received the gift of salvation, the expectation is the third verse, which says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” In other words, we are now saved for works, obedience, commandment keeping, living a holy life. We do not receive the free gift to go back to our old life excusing sin here and there (Romans 6:1-2). So, do you have both the justification, which is free from God, and the sanctification, which demonstrates the power of God for us human beings to exercise?

Tuesday, February 09, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (148): Galatians 3:1 says, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Obeying the truth is the sanctified and holy life. Has anyone bewitched you or tricked you into thinking that there is no need to obey God’s truth? As soon as obedience is mentioned, people claim “legalism!”, “Judaizer!”, “works oriented!”, etc. Sure, Paul just finished stating, “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain” (Galatians 2:21). And everyone that honestly keeps the Ten Commandments believes that too. There is no righteousness in the law. All righteousness comes from Christ. “[Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet” (Romans 7:7). The purpose of keeping the law is not to earn righteousness. The purpose of the law is to tell me where I have sinned. Then I repent (Acts 2:38); I confess (1 John 1:9); and then I receive grace from Jesus for having done the sin (Ephesians 1:7). There is no frustrating of grace there at all. Those that keep the law to be saved are lost. Those that keep the law and have received grace for their breaking of the law are saved. Those that just dismiss the law entirely afraid that by keeping the law they are frustrating grace will find out that they too will be lost “(For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:13). God does not provide grace for people to return to disobedience. So, has someone bewitched you from keeping God’s Ten Commandments, the truth (2 John 1:4), claiming grace or faith or something else dismisses the law, or do you see the perfect balance between obedience and grace (Romans 6:15)?

Monday, February 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (148): “So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). Then Adam and Eve sinned losing that image as even Jesus “knew no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Being restored back into the image of God, through the born-again experience, is the sanctified and holy life. Have you been changed back into the image of God, or are you still the image of Satan allowing sin in your life?

Sunday, February 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (147): Focusing upon 1 Corinthians 1:24, the Bible says, “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24). The power of God is not found in just the resurrection, but “his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3), which “godliness”, “glory”, and “virtue” are all references to a holy and sanctified life. Even in the context of Romans, we are told “many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]” (1 Corinthians 1:26), where those “after the flesh” are those that live like the world for we are to “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:4), once we are born again. Those that say that it is impossible to live a holy, godly, virtuous life, God says to such souls that feel too weak to resist sin, “God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27). Besides, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26), which is the “power of God” “to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). So, have you received the “power of God” to live a holy and sanctified life, or are you making excuses?

Friday, February 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (146): Romans 1:18-32, which will not be fully quoted here, may initially appear to be regarding the lost, the unsaved, especially like atheists along with the homosexual community, however, after reading it and comparing it to 2 Timothy 3:1-5, we see much of the same list, however, in Timothy 3:5, it ends with “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”, which means that these people are church goers but do not believe in the power to overcome sin. Jude 1:4 also brings out the people who claim grace while continuing in “lasciviousness”, which preachers do today. Therefore, God being “against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18) is not the unbelievers. That verse refers to believers who know the truth but hold it in an unrighteous manner, like believing that we shall always be sinning, that grace does away with the commandments, and much more attacking obedience. It is not the unrighteous and ungodly that will be lost, according to Romans, as they are already lost, it is the knowing of the truth but continuing in “ungodliness and unrighteousness”. It comes down to being a Christian in name only by just mouthing that one is saved, as opposed to a true Christian that actually lives it, which is the holy and sanctified life. So, do you live in unrighteousness or in ungodliness, which is excusing acts of sinning, or do you keep God’s commandments by His power that everyone else seems to be denying?

Thursday, February 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (145): Acts 3:22-23 says, “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.” The word “hear” does not mean to use only our ears. A parent may say, “Do not leave this house. Do you hear me?” What is the parent expecting? Are they expecting only the words to be in the ears but the child can go outside? Of course not. The Bible even says, “For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:13), and “be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). The word “doer” is clearly the expectation that Christians would live a holy and sanctified life. We are not to do the law or the word just when we feel like it. We are to hear and do what Jesus taught every moment of our lives and He said, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19), and “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). So, do you hear that Jesus taught us to keep the commandments and keep His Word, and so you will also obey them being doers of what is heard?

Wednesday, February 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (144): John 1:29 says, “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” It does not say that Jesus would just take the punishment of sin away. It does not say that He would even just remove sin from our account. It says that He would take away the sin. Taking our sin away results in living a holy and sanctified life, for it is sin that mars such a life. Now, not everyone in the world will have their sin taken away because they do not believe, but everyone in the world has the opportunity to have their sin removed for the Lamb of God died for all in the world. It is a choice that each of us are to make. The question is, have you accepted what the Lamb has done beyond just dying but also putting enmity between you and Satan (Genesis 3:15), which is to now hate sinning?

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (143): We are told in Luke 1:77-79 that Jesus came “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” If a cancer patient receives the news that the cancer is in remission that means that it has stopped. Then, if a sinner receives the news that the sin in one’s life is in remission that means it has stopped. And that is the gospel for Jesus “is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). He is our spiritual Physician We know true salvation causes the sin in us to stop because “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1). “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). And even in the verse for today states that He will “guide our feet into the way of peace”. Sin destroys peace. The remission of sin is replaced with a holy and sanctified life and use our feet “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6), which “ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin” (1 John 3:5). So, are you enjoying the remission of sin in your life, or are you still being eaten up like cancer through continuing to sin?

Monday, February 01, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (142): Mark 4:21 says, “And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?” These words in Mark are similar to the words in Matthew 5:15 of which Matthew follows up with, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Good works is the holy and sanctified life. We are that candle that is not to be hidden in the crowd looking like and acting like the ways of the world. We are to look and act like Christ. By how we conduct ourselves is to be a message preached either to make willful sinners uncomfortable or for them to become converted. But if we are joining them in their ways, other than going to church, what is really the difference between the saved and lost? Nothing. So, what message do you preach? Holiness or darkness?

Sunday, January 31, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (141): At first glance, Matthew 5:3 does not seem to fit our pattern of looking for verses that encourages a holy and sanctified life, but it most certainly does. “Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Looking up the words “poor” and “spirit” to get the Bible definition and not a “we think” definition, we realize that there are a total of three verses in the Bible containing that combination. There is this one and there is one in Luke 4:18 of whom Jesus preaches to, but is not of the right context as the word “spirit” is used as “The Spirit of the Lord” as opposed to being poor in spirit. That leaves Isaiah 66:2, which says, “For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” If we are poor and even of a contrite spirit, we tremble at God’s Word, which is handed down to us in the form of the Bible. To tremble is to respect it so much that we obey it (Philippians 2:12). Obeying God’s Word is the holy and sanctified life. It is expected that we would obey God’s Word because they are the ones that Jesus said would receive “the kingdom of heaven”. So, how much do you respect the Bible?

Friday, January 29, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (140): Revelation 2:17 17 says, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [it].” To overcome is to live the holy and sanctified life. These are the ones that receive the bread from Heaven, receive the innocent “white stone” as opposed to the guilty black stone used in trials back in the day, receives the new name signifying conversion, where Jacob became Israel, Saul became Paul, Abram became Abraham, etc. But only the overcomers receive these things. That means, if we do not overcome, we are lost. “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith” (1 John 5:4). This is the true born-again experience. And how do they do it? “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5). It is the result of true belief. True belief is not what we say but is what we put into action. If we believe a building is on fire, our action is to exit the building, likewise, if we truly believe we of Christ, we will become overcomers. So, are you overcoming sins in your life, or are you letting the world overcome you?

Thursday, January 28, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (139): Jude 1:10-13 shows the context of what is about to be stated: “But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” Many Christians speak the evil of legalism, works, etc. against the keeping of the Ten Commandments because they do not understand the proper relationship between grace, faith, and the commandments. Keeping the Ten Commandments is not a method of earning the free gift, but rather because the gift has been given to us, especially in the form of grace (Romans 6:1-2), we do not continue sinning, which is the breaking of the commandments (1 John 3:4). Therefore, such Christians continue to act naturally, which is to give into the desires of the flesh at will, instead of walking after the Spirit (Romans 8:1,4 - KJV) and are corrupting themselves with sin (Hosea 9:9). They worship God in their own wrong way just like Cain did. They want to be of God, saved, and yet enjoy the ways of the world like Balaam. They even declare themselves to have been made holy while still sinning, even declaring that they are “saved”, just like Korah (Numbers 16:1-3). All the works of charity are spotted with sin. They are powerless clouds offering no good witness of God’s power to keep us from sinning (Jude 24) but do show the power of Satan to keep people in their sins. They are “carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men” (Ephesians 4:14). “By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20) revealing they are dead in their sins. They rage against righteousness, foaming at the justification of their own ways, wandering about life aimlessly. All of these things represent a lost person. In short, they have not been truly been made holy nor sanctified. Are you being made holy and sanctified (John 17:17)?

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (138): 2 John 1:8 states, “Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward”, which makes two points very clear. First, it is possible to lose the reward of Heaven, therefore, to defend “once saved, always saved” after reading this verse, along with many others, is purely taking the Bible out of context. In other words, those that live by John 10:28-29 ignoring verse 27 are also ignoring all of the verses contrary to the “once saved, always saved” false teaching. Second, we are to examine ourselves often, like daily, to make sure we are not on the path to lose what we have, the free gift of salvation. That looking and checking is the sanctified and holy life. What do we use to check ourselves? Jesus said, “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). The commandments cannot save us, but they point out the sins that we need to then “confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The commandments drive us to Jesus for grace. But if we do not seek grace after sinning, which includes repenting or wanting to ceas the sin, then we lose what we have been given. We are unfit to receive the gift. So, do you “die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31) being “doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22), or do you “be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was” (James 1:23-24)?

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (137): 1 John 2:3 clearly states, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” The opposite would be true – we do not know Him as we break the commandments. And do not try to say, “But it is in the context of brotherly love being the commandment”, for I shall say that Jesus said, regrading brotherly love, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-10). In other words, brotherly love is the summary of keeping the last six of the Ten Commandments while love of God is the keeping of the first four. And keeping the commandments is a holy and sanctified life. So, are you keeping the commandments or just pretending to know God?

Monday, January 25, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (136): 2 Peter 1:10-11 tells us that when we are born again, we have something to do, which is the sanctified and holy life. “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Please notice that we are to “give diligence”, “make the calling and election sure”, and “do these things”. Those things are listed in verses 5 through 8, which was already covered. The result is that we then have “entrance into the everlasting kingdom”. Through our actions, we do not earn the gift. None of us deserve Heaven. That is the gift. Absolute free forgiveness of our sins grants us the gift, but to dwell with holy beings that never sinned, we are to be changed from our life of sinning into holy living, which fits us for dwelling eternally. So, are you giving all your diligence -- effort; are you making your calling to be a Christian and the election thereof sure – firm; are you adding to your faith virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity? That is a true Christian who will enter into Heaven while the rest will not despite even saying that they are “saved”.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (135): 1 Peter 1:14 clearly states, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.” That is not obedient some of the time or most of the time. As Paul writes, “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27), referring to the people that make up the church. Obedience or holy living or sanctified living is the expected reaction upon having a saving relationship because others “have not all obeyed the gospel” (Romans 10:16), “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8), and “what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17). Obeying is not about accepting Jesus as the Savior. That is belief. Obedience is action, following a set of doctrines for “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). And the specific set of instruction to obey is called the Ten Commandments. “A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 11:27). So, will you obey or be selfish and disobey, especially under the cloud of, “I deserve this moment”?

Friday, January 22, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (134): James 1:18 may speak a little cryptic but overall, it should be easy to understand that we become sanctified and holy people when we are born again. “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” To be “begat” is to be born again. How are we born again? Through “the Word of truth”, therefore, it is important to believe specific truth as opposed to having a social time at a church we like. It does matter what we believe. The “creatures” mostly refer to the whole human race for a donkey does not know God’s Word. To be made into “firstfruits” is to be made into something without blemish because this refers to the firstfruits offering made in the Old Testament, which “shall be without blemish” (Exodus 12:5). God is not talking physically but spiritually, for a person who has lost their arm can still be saved. Therefore, the blemish is the sins, transgressions, the iniquities, the bad habits, the un-Christian character. Interestingly, Paul tells us that in being part of the church, we are to be “holy and without blemish”, “not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing” (Ephesians 5:27). So, are you part of the firstfruits of the human race being holy and sanctified by the power of Jesus Christ (Jude 24), or are you just like any other fruit with wrinkles, spots, and blemishes to the character allowing sin to continue?

Thursday, January 21, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (133): Hebrews 2:18 states, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” Now, if a sanctified and holy life of a Christian was not expected, why would it matter that Jesus “is able to succour them that are tempted”? First, only Christians are tempted, of course, tempted to sin. The lost are not tempted as they are already indulging in sin. Satan has them already. Now, temptation is not a temptation if there is nothing to lose. What is there to lose? Eternal life of course. The devil is not trying to tempt people to get hurt, to lose their job, to break up marriages, to have a miserable life, but in the end, see that person still go to Heaven. That would be a waste of time if all that the devil could do is make life miserable for a Christian. It is like a race, where if all the opponents were to try tactics to trip up the main runner, hold them back, and do everything they can to prevent the runner from running but in the end, they are still declared the winner. The opponents would not even enter the contest. The opponents are the devil and his angels. Now, if the devil could tempt people to say, “I am done being a Christian. I want to live as the world” (2 Peter 2:20-21), then that is worth it, and that is exactly what He does. Now, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). So, do you understand the purpose of temptation, or do you live in a lofty idea that you are still saved even if you give into temptation? More importantly, do you see what Heaven is doing for you (“succour”, “make a way of escape”, and give power to “resist the devil”) to overcome every temptation to help you stay faithful to God and “endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22)?

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (132): Titus 1:15 states, “Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” The pure are the ones living a holy and sanctified life. The defiled ones who do not believe that they are given the power to be living a pure life is everyone else. This is so plain of a teaching that Daniel even saw this happening: “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:10). See! There are only the pure and the lost. In fact, the last day church would be “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5). That is a lot of good people attending church but on their tongues are all forms of criticizing the pure life: “No one can keep the commandments”, “The commandments are nailed to the cross”, “Once saved, always saved”, “We’re under grace now”, etc., etc., etc. That is the denying the power to live a pure life. So, are you pure, living a life free from sinning, or are you a deceived unbeliever thinking you are a believer but are not?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (131): 2 Timothy 2:4 says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” Our warfare is not physical but spiritual, and all of us are involved. “Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). It is a spiritual battle against self. “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). And if we are not warring but just claiming salvation, we have lost already. One thing we need to do in this war is not be entangled with the affairs of this life, which is the sanctified and holy life. Who cares who is president? Who cares who wins the sports trophy? Who cares who did what in a soap opera? Who cares what the latest entertainment craze is? Who cares what the latest fashion is? Who cares what the latest slang is? Who cares, who cares, who cares? What matters is that daily, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). So, do you “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12)?

Monday, January 18, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (130): 1 Timothy 1:16 states, “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” Obtaining mercy is clearly the teaching of justification of which we can add nothing to. It is a gift from God. Being made into a pattern for others to see what a Christian is, what a true believer is, which happens to be the sanctified or holy life. Christ wants to transform us into obedient, sin conquering, temptation overcoming Christians. A non-believer should be able to recognize in character that we have been with Christ. There is a different pattern from the world once a person becomes a believer. That pattern is one that rejects the ways of the world, rejects sin, rejects selfishness, and simply lives for Christ. “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you” (Titus 2:7-8). So, do you pattern yourself after sin, worldly ways and interests, or do you pattern yourself after righteousness, heavenly ways and interests?

Sunday, January 17, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (129): 2 Thessalonians 2:12 states, “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Now again, this is not obvious but it is right before our faces regarding the need to live a sanctified and holy life. If people are damned because they do not believe the truth, which is more than head knowledge, and as a result, the fruit of this unbelief is in having pleasure in unrighteousness at any degree, that means that those who are saved do believe the truth, which results in fruit in having pleasure in righteousness, which is right doing, which the sanctified and holy life. “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7). “Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). So, of the two groups, what life are you displaying revealing what you believe, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20)? Do you believe lies and have sin in your life, or do you believe the truth and live a righteous, holy, sanctified life?

Friday, January 15, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (128): 1 Thessalonians 1:9 says, “For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” How often ought we to serve the living and true God and not have idols in our lives? All the time is the answer for Jesus reinforced, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). The feeling of just having to watch those idols on TV or in the movies, sing their songs, push their products, is all idol worship. Relying upon pastors, parents, or one’s own feelings above the Bible is idol worship. Even working to earn income to the point of neglecting daily communion with God is idol worship. Paul writes, “whose God [is their] belly” (Philippians 3:19), so not willing to give up foods and stimulants that God condemns is idol worship. Therefore, turning from the idols in our lives unto the living God is a sanctified and holy life. So, are all of the idols gone in your life?

Thursday, January 14, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (127): Colossians 1:12 says, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” Again, Christians read this so quickly that it looks like we have just simply been given the inheritance, but read carefully, we are “meet to be partakers”, as in, “made ready” right now. How are we made ready? By living “in light”. What does that mean? Jesus said, “For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” That means, to be partakers in the light is to have our deeds of sin reproved, which means to stop doing them, and do deeds that are of God, like living a holy and sanctified life. So, are you a partaker in the light or still a partaker in the darkness (sin)?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (126): Philippians 1:29 shows the result of a sanctified life: “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.” Believing on Christ is more than just mere words or thoughts - it is actions. How do we know? Because of the suffering that may follow. Back in the 80s, a group of American Christian reporters were captured by Middle East extremists. People were literally losing their heads. After leaving their captors and getting off of a plane, the leader of the group was asked, “How did you escape?” The reporter replied, “They asked us to renounce our faith and accept Allah, so we did. It’s not like we meant it.” The Bible also says, “Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). True Christians suffer because they do not go along with the ways of the world. We are persecuted for their belief and action on Bible principles. We are persecuted for not baking a wedding cake that is outside of a male and female connection. We are persecuted for homeschooling. We are persecuted for not going along with vaccines. We are persecuted for our stance on Christian values. If a sanctified and holy life was not expected, then we would stand for nothing making the Bible verse “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth” (Ephesians 6:14) null and void and without taking a stance, there is no suffering. So, do you stand for God’s standards, even the Ten Commandments and His Word, or do you stand for nothing being a Christian in Name Only?

Monday, January 11, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (125): Ephesians 1:14 states, “Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” Again, when Christians have an agenda to avoid keeping the commandments, they do not read verses as they are intended. To give God praise of His glory related to receiving the inheritance and being purchased and even redeemed is to live a holy and sanctified life. The phrase “praise of his glory” is that we ought to live our lives to praise God. When we sin, we praise self and Satan. When we keep the commandments, we praise God. Even Proverbs 28:4 tells us this: “They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.” So, are you praising the wicked while sinning, or God by keeping the law?

Sunday, January 10, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (124): Galatians 2:20 says, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Jesus said it more plainly with the words, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). Basically, if “Christ lives in me”, then would Christ sin? Of course not. Would Christ be selfish? Of course not. “Christ living in me” is the sanctified life. So, is Christ in you or self? Is Christ in you or sin?

Friday, January 08, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (123): 2 Corinthians 3:3 says, “[Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” Here is one of those verses that people read by without understanding or appreciating the full meaning. To be a spiritual epistle, a spiritual writing, it is a fancy way of saying that a person is actually a living example of what was taught. That is the sanctified life. Besides, what is specifically written on the tables of our hearts? “Shew the work of the law written in their hearts” (Romans 2:15). “This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them” (Hebrews 10:16). So, are you a living epistle, an example of the law being in your heart?

Thursday, January 07, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (122): 1 Corinthians 1:18 states, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” It does not take the power of God for Christians to simply say, “I believe”. The power of God is revealed through conversion, repentance, transformation. When God takes a person steep in sin and makes them holy, that is the power of God. Remember, “his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). So, are you experiencing the holy, sanctified, powerful life, or are you powerless and just claiming to be saved?

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (121): So many Christians misquote and misunderstand Romans 1:17, which says, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Christians love to quote the words “The just shall live by faith” thinking they are freed from the works, freed form the actions of doing good, freed from living a righteous life. James says, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). For those that dismiss James, which many Christians do, the verse in Romans says, “therein is the righteousness of God revealed.” How is it revealed? Is it revealed by letters appearing in the sky? Is it revealed in a voice being heard? We know it is revealed in the Bible, but that does little in revealing the righteousness of God as most people, including Christians, ignore their Bibles. The answer is that it is revealed through us. We should be “dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24). We should be “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12). “Impossible!”, you say? That is where a justified person lives by faith for “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). So, do you live the righteous and holy life revealing God, or do you just claim the justification part and reveal Satan through continuance in sin?

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (120): Acts 3:19 calls everyone to “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” If a child fell into a mud puddle and was asked to get out of the mud puddle so they can be cleaned up, would it be right for the child to return to the mud puddle? Of course not. To repent is to choose to stop sinning. To be converted is to live a new and holy way of life of obedience to God and dying to self (Matthew 16:24, 1 Corinthians 15:31), which is a sanctified life. To have the sins blotted out means they are also out of our life and do not participate in them anymore, else, we are a child returning to the mud puddle. So, have you repented, been converted, and have had your sins blotted off the records in Heaven as well as out of your life, or do you simply believe in a powerless gospel the does not call for repentance, conversion, or removal of sins? One gospel is correct. The other is deadly.

Monday, January 04, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (119): John 1:17 says, “For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Grace is the justification; however, truth is the sanctification. If we accept Jesus’ grace, we need to apply His truth. Even Paul writes, “unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath” (Romans 2:8). Therefore, to not live according to the truth, a sanctified and holy life, is to end in “indignation and wrath” of God! And if you do not believe this connection, I ask the same question that Paul did, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth?” (Galatians 3:1) substituting your name for “Galatians”, and “who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?” (Galatians 5:7). Obedience to the truth is the way of a true Christian. Anything short of it is deception.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (118): Luke 1:71 says, “That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us” and reaffirmed in Luke 1:74 by stating, “That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies” and continuing on to put the context about our enemies with the words of “might serve him without fear” along with Luke 1:75, which says, “In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” “The enemy that sowed them is the devil” (Matthew 13:39) “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemy is not other human beings that mistreat us, that are anti-Christian. Our enemy is the devil. And Jesus alone has gained the victory over the devil and his evil angels for us and in turn, we now are to “serve” Jesus and do it “in holiness and righteousness” not just some of the days or most of the days but “all the days of our life”. If we do not, we have then joined the enemy again willingly and will be lost “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” (2 Peter 2:21). See, people are not eternally saved because we have the freedom to choose to leave God’s hand at any time (John 10:27-29). So, are you living the holy and righteous life known as the sanctified life, or are you serving the enemy instead, being a traitor to the deliverance from sin?

Friday, January 01, 2021

To start the New Year off, we are pausing our series to bring a very important verse, which was impressed while looking for the next sanctification verse, this time in Luke. Luke 1:72 says, “To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant”, while Daniel 9:27 says, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” To remember the covenant and to confirm the covenant are one and the same thing. Jesus is the one Daniel 9:27 is referring to, the Messiah (Daniel 9:25-26). To confirm the covenant was part of His mission, but modern-day preachers try to throw Daniel 9:27 into the future, without context, and apply it to the Antichrist. In fact, they teach that a new temple needs to be built, yet that same temple or city of Jerusalem is actually the counting to the first coming (Daniel 9:24) – not the second coming! If your church teaches such error, you are listening to satanic, antichrist teachings, meaning, the true antichrist initiated that teaching in the 1500s and is believed today by most Protestants. Stop! Jesus said, “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11). This is not a simple mistake or even something to be easily dismissed. Wake up. Outright soul-destroying error is being taught. The word “many” means that it is a majority of today’s preachers that would be preaching deceptively. So, are you going along with that falsehood, or are you awake to the proper understanding that Jesus fulfilled Daniel 9:27, and there is no future antichrist for we wrestle today with antichrist, “that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8) “teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9)?

Thursday, December 31, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (117): So many Christians read parables of Jesus and not realize that they were spoken for eternity. It was not for the Jews or immediate disciples. For instance, Mark 4:2 says, “And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine.” Notice this is the doctrine of Christ hidden in a parable. Remember, “He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). Mark 4:3 starts with, “Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow”, and Mark 4:8 ends with “And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.” We are to be the good ground Christians. What is the result? A sanctified life! Jesus tells us “The sower soweth the word” (Mark 4:14). Mark 4:20 concludes with, “And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive [it], and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.” The Word of God brings forth fruit. Some think this is witnessing and bringing in 30, 60, even 100 more people to the church, but that is not so. Fruit is character. “Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:8), and “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). So, have you changed from your old life into a godly one as a result of His Word, or are you still the same old person just claiming to be saved?

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (116): Matthew 4:17 says, “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus taught a sanctified message – holy living. To repent does not allow a person to stay in their sins. The word “repent”, though primarily defined in the Old Testament, does not change just because it is the New Testament. Jeremiah 18:8, 26:3 tells us that repenting is to stop doing evil. Ezekiel 14:6 tells us that to repent means “turn [yourselves] from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations”. Ezekiel 18:30 tells us “Repent, and turn [yourselves] from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.” And in the New Testament, “repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20). To do works meet for repentance is to stop sinning and live a holy life. So, do you daily repent of any evil in your life, or do you just go along with the worldly and evil crowd?

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (115): Revelation 2:14 is symbolic stating, “But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” Notice that this is New Testament teaching and basically teaching us to learn a lesson from Balaam and Balak. It is found in Numbers 22 through 24. Balaam had taught Israel to break the commandments to cause a cessation of God’s blessings, therefore, all who teach in one way or another that the commandments mean nothing today are teachers of Balaam. In fact, Jude says, “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 4). Revelation 2:14 uses the word “fornication” which James defines as “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). And that explains why we have such worldly Christians today. Because they are using the excuse that grace is all we need and we can ignore holy living. This has caused such poison to enter into the church that just about every Christian rejects obedience anymore. If they have any “obedience” it is of their own definition instead of God’s. So, are you living in spiritual fornication following the ways of Balaam and Balak dismissing God’s commandments, or are “ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58), which includes living in obedience to His commandments (James 1:25, Psalms 78:7)?

Monday, December 28, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (114): We could just pull from verse 5 but that would be an “advanced” study, so we are including all three verses to prove our point. Jude 1:5-7 says, “I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Verse 7 tells us that it is an example that we are to avoid. Therefore, if a Christian, despite believing they are saved by grace alone and no need of sanctification were to die in fornication, they will be lost. In the context, verses 5 and 6 would be the same pattern, only, instead of Egypt, that land would be symbolic. It is symbolic, as described throughout Exodus, as the old way of life in sin. If a person does not believe they can be taken out of sin into a holy and sanctified life, they will be destroyed for their unbelief. So, do you believe God can “keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24), or are you mocking grace by continuing in sin, even enjoying being entertained by fornication on TV or in the movies?

Sunday, December 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (113): Hidden in 2 John 1:7 is the sanctified or holy life. “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.” Quick readers will say, “No. I do believe Jesus came in the flesh. His disciples were able to touch Him, and He ate with them, and He got tired and slept.” That is not what this means. Preachers are preaching that Jesus did not take on human nature but the nature of Adam before he fell. Therefore, no one can be perfect. Only Jesus is perfect. This is the lie. Because that means as Christians, why even try to be perfect? Why even try to be holy? Hence, very few Christians do not live a holy life. First, referring to Jesus, “he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham” (Hebrews 2:16). “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Now, by taking on fallen human nature, that means Jesus did not just live a human life, die on the cross, and rise saving us from the penalty of sin, He also, “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 3:21). It is true that Jesus is the only one perfect, but once we are born again, we too can be perfect for “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). And “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:240). That covers past, present, and future status. We have our record cleansed as if we did not sin, and He can keep us from sinning! That is the good news! That is the true gospel! Besides, Jesus Himself tells us, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate” (Luke 13:24). “Strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). And “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). So, Jesus came in human nature, set the example to follow, and even commands us to be perfect of which He supplies the “divine power” “unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3) for “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). So, are you believing the lie and living a careless life because Jesus was really a god on earth and not in the sinful flesh of temptation, or do you believe “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3) and therefore live a Christ-like life, even being a true Christian (follower of Jesus Christ’s example)?

Friday, December 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (112): 1 John 2:1 states, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” The goal, as God’s children, is to not sin, however, if we do make a mistake, have a selfish moment, do sin, that does not mean we are doomed. We go back to 1 John 1:9, and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). And if someone does not think they have anything to confess, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” and “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:8,10) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Please note that these verses do not reflect the current and future status. The word “sinned” is past tense. We are not to be living in the state of sinning. To be cleansed of all unrighteousness is not just a forgiveness and it is off the books, but it is also the removal of the desire to sin, removal of being careless; it is the ceasing of doing the sin. So, do you “sin not” or are you keeping the Advocate so busy that it has become a way of life?

Thursday, December 24, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (111): 2 Peter 1:8-9 says, “For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” The end of verse 8 sounds like something that is nice to have but no really required, but when coupled in context with verse 9, we see people lacking these things and being labeled as spiritually blind, of which Jesus condemned to hell (Matthew 15:14, Matthew 23:16-19, Matthew 23:24-26, Luke 6:39, John 9:39, John 9:41). Forgetting that a person has been purged from their old sins means that they have returned to their old life of which is not holy living implying that the expectation is holy living for if we are found in our old sins, we are lost for Jesus says to everyone, “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11), and “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26), but “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). So, are you in your old life of sin, or have you truly been purged of your sins?

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (109): 1 Peter 1:13 says, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” But do you know what it says? We will not recognize grace in the physical sense until the second coming. Right now, we go by faith that we have His grace. When Jesus arrives, He will “destroy with the brightness of his coming” (2 Thessalonians 2:8) or “we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). If we are being caught up into the clouds, we know we have His grace. But, we are told to “gird up the loins of our minds”. That is sanctified and holy thinking, which becomes our actions “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 23:7). If we allow our thoughts to flow to any subject matter, including anger or lust, our minds are not girded and we will not recognize grace because we will be in the group that is destroyed at the second coming. So, what do you think about throughout the day? Careless and worldly thoughts like sports and entertainment even sinful things, or are they on doing a good job at work, managing the responsibilities of life, and above all, having time with God?

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (109): James 1:15 wrote “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” to warn us against lusting, which covers a number of commandments (adultery, coveting, idol worship), but can affect the rest of the commandments as well. This verse is a general Christian character. Basically, we are not to lust because uncontrolled, it leads to sin of which “the wages of sin [is] death” (Romans 6:23). No matter how one looks at the verse, this is about a sanctified and holy life in which lusting is subdued, overcome, rejected. Those that lust will not go to Heaven. And lusting is any form of “I just have to have it” expression. Those that simply waste money on the twelfth purse, shoes, sports shirt, video game, etc.; as well as; just having to have a certain job, watch certain TV programs or movies, etc.; are all guilty. So, is there any thing you just have to have?

Monday, December 21, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (108): Hebrews 2:11 says, “For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” So, have you been made holy (sanctified) or not? The obvious answer in general is “no” or we would all be one denomination. The fact that we are not “one” means all of us claiming to be Christian really are not sanctified. Sanctification is not a title; it is a changed life into one who used to enjoy the ways of the world into one that now enjoys the ways of Christ. The way of Christ does not permit sin to exist in our lives. So, have you personally been made holy?

Sunday, December 20, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (107): Titus 1:14 says, “Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.” If the commandments of men are to be rejected, that means that the commandments of God are still in effect, which is the sanctified life. If the commandments were done away with, it would not matter what is taught. In fact, Jesus compared the two by saying, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). So, are you following commandments of men, as foretold in Daniel 7:25? Have you dismissed the commandments entirely, going against Jesus’ words? Or, are you doing as Jesus said, which is to “do and teach” them?

Friday, December 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (106): 2 Timothy 1:13 says, “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” To “hold fast” is to daily hold onto the gospel, which means, one day, it is possible to say, “No, thanks” and leave. But that is a different story. Holding fast are key words regarding a sanctified life, for the way to not hold fast is to choose not to live as a Christian for we are to “not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). Interesting, that word “love” was also found in today’s verse, which is the second word that points to a sanctified life being required as stated in 2 Timothy 1:13. To love in “deed” and not just go around saying, “I love you”, is a way of life. In fact, us humans are born selfish and need to become born again to know what Bible defined love really is. Jesus tells us that “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”, which is a summary for He continued to say, “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40), which we call the Ten Commandments and the Word of God today. So, are you keeping the law and the Word, or are you only reading the word “faith” from today’s verse thinking justification is sufficient negating the action word of “love”?

Thursday, December 17, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (105): 1 Timothy 1:15 says, “This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” A saved sinner is a sanctified one for the Bible tells us, “thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). It does not say, “thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from the penalty of sin”. Yes, forgiveness is involved, which takes care of the penalty part because we are told “to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:31), but notice that it is forgiveness and repentance. Those are two separate things. Forgiveness is the free gift of our record becoming clean so Jesus can “present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24), but repentance is the other part, even the sanctified part. To be saved is that “joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:7). “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). To repent of our sins is to stop sinning. So, have you repented?

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (104): 2 Thessalonians 2:10 says, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” The lack of love of the truth is what will cause people to be lost. Love is not the acknowledgement of the truth only and we go our own way, but it is also an obedience to it. And truth is specific where each of us are to conform our lives to it instead of the popular experience – everyone has their version of truth. And when we submit to the truth, that is the sanctified and holy life. So, how much do you love the truth?

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (102): 1 Thessalonians 1:8 says, “For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.” The ending of this verse is what points to a sanctified and holy life that is to be of a Christian. It is more than confessing with the mouth. It is acting on that confession afterwards else our words are meaningless. “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). To confess that Jesus is my Savior and then return to the ways of the world, did Jesus really save us? Or is He just a gift provider? “I give you eternal life so that you can live in this world however you please.” Is that really what Jesus does? So, do your actions sound of Christ beyond your area, or do they speak of Satan still being in control?

Monday, December 14, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (101): Colossians 1:11 is a continuation of verse 10, where to “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing”, we are “Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness.” The gospel provides power even “divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). There would be no purpose for the power if all we have to do is acknowledge that Jesus forgives us. Power is used to then live a godly, holy, sanctified life. Too bad Christians in the last days would be just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5) failing to have a sanctified life. So, have you received God’s strength, His divine and glorious power, to bring out the fruit of the spirit in godly living with patience, longsuffering, and joyfulness?

Sunday, December 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (101): Philippians 1:27 says, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” Please note the words of expectation once the gospel is received. These words are the holy and sanctified life. “Let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel” which infers that there is a change in character (conversation) that lives up to the description of a saved person according to the gospel. That our “affairs”, our activity, our transactions, our conduct are of a gospel expectation of what a Christian is as well. To “stand fast in one spirit” is to be transformed into one Christian character not compromising nor lowering the standard of that character. To be having “one mind striving for the faith of the gospel” surely means more than just saying, “I’m saved!” We are to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). We are to resist temptations and not be sinning. To have that one mind means that we “abideth in the doctrine of Christ” (2 John 1:9). That is one doctrine. We ought to think the same thing on each doctrinal point. We are not to each have our own understanding of Christianity. So, are you in proper demeanor of what a Christian is, standing fast equipped with the “whole armour” (Ephesians 6:11-18), thinking the same way to unify in the faith that is found in the true gospel?

Friday, December 11, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (101): Ephesians 1:9 tells us that the converted person gets to know the will of God: “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.” In fact, it is so serious that Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). What is the will of God? “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). In other words, after we are aware of Christ and His purpose and we accept Christ into our lives, we are then forgiven of all of our sins. That is justification. We then ought to ask, “What would you have me to do now God? For I am yours.” His reply is, “Keep my law”, which is the sanctified and holy life. He even says, “Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). So, are you seeking God’s will through His law or your own will?

Thursday, December 10, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (100): Galatians 2:19 brings us a big challenge for our 100th verse in the Bible showing the expectation that a sanctified life is expected and not just a forgiveness of our sins alone. “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.” At quick glance, which most Christians either hear from the pulpit or do on purpose, it looks like the law is dead. The Ten Commandments are gone, taken out of the way. That is incorrect. Can the law save us? No! What does the law really do? It points out sin. We do not know what sin is unless we are told. We are not dead to the purpose of the law. “God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:2). It is not the words of the law that are dead. It is the sins that the law points to that are dead because, if all of our sins have been confessed and we are not currently sinning nor are planning to sin, then the purpose in our life for the law is dead. It has nothing to point out. Why? According to Galatians 2:19, it is because we “live unto God”. In other words, we live in obedience to God. If we continue in sin, we are living unto ourselves, and the law is alive pointing out our sins. If we cease sinning by His power, we live unto Him. Therefore, the verse makes no sense in the way Christians think it means. They say, “The law of the Ten Commandments is dead! I don’t have to keep them. Yet, I am to live unto God”, which is outlined in the Ten Commandments. The proper understanding is, “The purpose of the Ten Commandments pointing out sins in my life is dead because there is no sin in my life, thanks to God’s divine power, and now I live each day unto Him as He commands”. So, are you living unto yourself or God through His law?

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (99): 2 Corinthians 3:2 says, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.” Being a walking epistle reveals a different type of character for we are “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6), referring to Jesus’ walk. So, what does the general public read in your character? By your actions do you reveal you are written of Christ or Satan? Keep in mind, a little bit of Satan is still written for Satan.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (98): 1 Corinthians 1:10 tells us, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” To have the same mind is “That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6), and that “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16). Would Christ think of sinning? Even when judging actions or fruit (Matthew 7:16), we are to “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24), we are determining if the action is sinful or not. All of this is having a sanctified mind, even judging if actions are sanctified or not. So, is your mind like the mind of Christ or do you allow selfish thoughts? Do you judge actions to see if they are sinful or sanctified?

Monday, December 07, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (97): Romans 1:16 makes mention that the gospel is a power of God unto salvation, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” What power is there if the word “believe” simply means an acknowledgement that Jesus provides eternal life? None. But, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Belief in the powerful gospel leads to godly living, but today’s Christian are just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). This is the summary after listing the sins that would come into the church. “Oh, there’s no way to overcome our sins. We shall be ‘lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God’ (2 Timothy 3:2-4).” Nonsense! God gives us the power to “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). So, is your belief so powerful to be able to actually live a holy and sanctified life, or does your belief have you stuck only on the justification and forgiveness part lacking any real change and power in your life?

Sunday, December 06, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (96): Acts 2:42 states, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Once we believe and are baptized, the expected lifestyle is to not only continue but to continue steadfastly (devoted) in the doctrines taught. To go about living as doctrine does not matter, to continue in sins even, is a demonstration of a false belief for it is easy to mouth “I believe”, and it is another thing to actually live out that belief. That is a sanctified and holy life as those doctrines come to us through the Word, the Bible. So, are you continuing steadfastly in the doctrines, or does doctrines mean nothing to you?

Friday, December 04, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (95): John 1:14 says, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Grace, of course, is the free gift of justification (forgiveness). Truth is the sanctification (holy living). Though this verse applies to what Jesus brings, verse 16 identifies what we receive: “his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16). Verse 17 confirms that “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”, therefore, we also receive the truth. Now, what is truth used for? “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Despite being told, “the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17), this does not pit the Ten Commandments against grace. Moses could not bring us grace. Moses simply could instruct, and since Moses did not make up the Ten Commandments, we acknowledge “Thou [art] near, O LORD; and all thy commandments [are] truth” (Psalms 119:151). So, does truth sanctify you, or do you ignore the truth, especially as revealed in the Ten Commandments?

Thursday, December 03, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (95): Luke 1:71 says, “That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us.” Now this one is only understood by those that see the Word of God correctly. The Pharisees and others taught that the enemies were the Romans in their day. They thought on the physical plain, which affected the disciples too because they thought the scriptures said that Jesus would become King and free the nation from the Romans setting up Israel as the dominating power. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]” (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemy is not physical but is Satan and his fallen angels, and they hate the fact that we have an opportunity to have eternal life if we choose to have it. To prevent us from having it, their warfare against us is sin. Seeing that they cannot force us to sin, their best effort is to use temptation to sin. Jesus saves us from that because through Him, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13), and He “is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). So, is Jesus protecting you from the enemy that you do not give into temptation and are kept from sinning by His power, or is the enemy overcoming you as you excuse away the Ten Commandments, enjoy the ways of the world, fit in with society, etc.?

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (94): Mark 3:35 says, “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” We are part of God’s family when we do God’s will, which is the sanctified and holy life. That means, we are not part of God’s family if we are doing our own will. Sin is not part of God’s will, and “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Therefore, keeping the law is God’s will while breaking it is not. To confirm, David wrote, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart” (Psalms 40:8). So, do you do God’s will as revealed in His law, or do you do your own will of which Jesus says, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)?

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (93): So, let us get this straight. Once saved, always saved permits people to be careless about the Ten Commandments. People saved by grace and not by the law, which we agree, also are careless about the Ten Commandments, which keeping of them is the fruit of a saved relationship and not the means. Those saved by faith also disregard the Ten Commandments for fear of working towards Heaven, which we are all in agreement that no one can work their way to Heaven, but James says, “I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18), which is again, the fruit of a saved relationship and not the means. The means of being saved is Jesus. The fruit of accepting Jesus is obedience through God’s Word and His commandments. It is not something we choose to do (“Have to keep those commandments now”), but rather, it is something we just do (“how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” - Genesis 39:9). In other words, these three ways people think they are saved, dismissing the law, get to serve their own selfish ways, in which, if they feel like obeying, they do, but if they want to do something, they just claim, “I’m not saved by the law anyways” and do it. It sounds like a whole lot of self-serving, yet, we are told from Jesus Himself, “It is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10). And do not give us some excuse that this was towards Satan. Although spoken towards Satan, it is a rule for all created beings. Serving God only is the sanctified and holy life. All selfishness, which any form of sinning, any form of breaking the Ten Commandments, is self-serving. So, who do you serve? God or self?

Monday, November 30, 2020

We have not forgotten the lessons from our garden, and another one recently came to mind. Did you notice with invasive plants that they are not satisfied with coexisting? They seem to try to choke other plants out. This lesson comes from uncontrolled wisteria. These lessons translate to real life in which our character, if it tries to shine by belittling others in any way, we are just as bad as wisteria, which can look beautiful on its own but is not satisfied with that so it chokes everything else around it. People belittle others by exploiting their faults, possibly stealing ideas from others, trying to do anything to draw attention. So, does your recognition come by the demeaning of others, or does your own work speak for itself?

Sunday, November 29, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (92): Revelation 2:11 says, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” The “second death” is the permanent end to the devil and the wicked for “the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). To escape the second death, a person is to be an overcomer. It does not state any exceptions. That means that those who believe they are already saved while still sinning believing they do not have to overcome their sins are actually misled because if a person is still committing adultery, a person has not overcome adultery. If a person is still stealing, they have not overcome stealing. And the same is true with all of the commandments. To overcome is a holy and sanctified life, and that is what this verse expects from everyone who claims the name of Christ. So, are you an overcomer or are you claiming a title of Christian that does not belong to you?

Friday, November 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (91): Jude 1:4 says, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” So, ministers would come along and take the definition of grace to permit lasciviousness. If one were to look at all six uses of the word “lasciviousness”, it is always in the list of sins. “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Now if grace would be taught as permitting the transgression of the law, and that is a bad thing, that means grace does not permit transgressing of the law. In other words, “Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15). “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). Basically, grace helps us to live a holy and sanctified life. So, are you listening to the many ministers that teach grace permits sinning and does away with the law, or do you reject such teaching by living a holy and sanctified life that God expects and even empowers us to do so (2 Peter 1:3)?

Friday, November 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (91): Jude 1:4 says, “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” So, ministers would come along and take the definition of grace to permit lasciviousness. If one were to look at all six uses of the word “lasciviousness”, it is always in the list of sins. “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Now if grace would be taught as permitting the transgression of the law, and that is a bad thing, that means grace does not permit transgressing of the law. In other words, “Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid” (Romans 6:15). “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). Basically, grace helps us to live a holy and sanctified life. So, are you listening to the many ministers that teach grace permits sinning and does away with the law, or do you reject such teaching by living a holy and sanctified life that God expects and even empowers us to do so (2 Peter 1:3)?

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Here is the Bible’s version of Thanksgiving. Revelation 12:10-17 says, “10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man [child]. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Verse 10 is Jesus Christ, our salvation. Verse 11 is the early church. Verses 12 and 13 are the great persecutions. 14 is the dark ages. 15 is the attack against Protestantism through a flood of people. 16 is the pilgrim experience of coming to America. Verse 17 is how the majority of Christianity would turn upon a small remnant denominated people started in America (Revelation 10) identified by having all Ten Commandments that they live by along with the testimony of Jesus Christ, which “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10), therefore, they are prophet led. Thank God for the earth or unpopular place on earth after the dark ages (end of 1700s) existed for an escape stated by the pilgrims to practice the freedom of Religion, which has greatly disappeared in 2020 beginning to fulfill Revelation 13:11 and onwards, where now the United States becomes the worldwide enforcer on non-Protestant principles, even worship. May God help us in these last days.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (90): 2 John 1:6 says, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” And to walk in His commandments is to live a holy and sanctified life. We are up to 90 verse references now that show that there is more than just claiming saved by grace – there is a way a Christian lives. Will you walk after His commandments and not after whatever you feel is right?

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (89): 1 John 1:7 tells us, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” To be cleansed of all sins is the free gift of justification, but it is all contingent upon our response to salvation – “if we walk” or obey “what light” or knowledge we have, then the promises are ours. That is a holy and a sanctified life. There are so many Christians who are deceived because their pastors have not informed them of the whole gospel where there are conditions on this relationship with God. So, are you obeying the gospel message, which is to keep the commandments (Proverbs 6:23) and His Word (Psalms 119:105), or are you just claiming the forgiveness part ignoring the conditions?

Monday, November 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (88): Supposed Christians say, “I’m saved by faith; not of works!” Yet Peter says, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter 1:5-7). We are to move from justification through the steps of sanctification. Virtue is an expressed character trait. Godliness is clearly holy living, as well as temperance. So, are you adding onto your faith a holy life, or are you a stagnant Christian that will decay?

Sunday, November 22, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (87): 1 Peter 1:6-9 says, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.” Before we get started, the phrase “end of your faith” means “result of your faith”, which equates to faith being something exercised and not simply something we possess. It goes through trials and temptations, as previously stated. A temptation is that of seeing it we are going to sin or not. If the consequence were not to be able to lose eternal salvation by giving into sin, the devil would not tempt us. It is like a game. No one wants to play if one particular person is always going to win and win big. That is what these trials, these temptations are all about. It is to see if we shall give up the faith to enjoy the sinning, but if we continuously “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), the result of exercising our faith will be salvation. That is the sanctified or holy living of a Christian. So, just how much faith do you have, even exercise? Enough to resist giving into temptations? Able to endure trials that try to make you crack and give up the faith? “He that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22).

Friday, November 20, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (86): James 1:13 states, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” What are people tempted to do? According to Hebrews 4:15, it is to sin. Therefore, to sin is to give into the temptation. The expectation of a Christian is not to give into temptation. Therefore, we are not to sin. And that is the sanctified and holy life of a Christian because we are not just saved but Jesus “shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and has. So, do you just sin thinking there is no such thing as temptation? Do you think that giving into temptation is no big deal? Or do you overcome temptations by the power of God living the holy life?

Thursday, November 19, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (85): Hebrews 2:1 says, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip.” If we were saved by justification alone, there would be no need for earnest heed. The earnest heed to the things heard is the sanctification. When we hear that “your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19), we treat it as a temple. To be careless and treat our bodies with gluttony, watching garbage TV, listening to worldly and suggestive music, enjoying life to all hours of the night, etc., we are not taking heed and shall be lost. There are many more verses in the Bible to take earnest heed over to become a holy and sanctified Christian that we are to become for we are commanded “be ye holy” (1 Peter 1:15), and remember, “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). So, are you taking earnest heed of the things you hear, or are you still stuck on justification (grace) lets you sin?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (84): Titus 1:7-9 tells us, “For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” A list of dos and don’ts is clearly outlining a holly and sanctified life, but many skim over the verse and say, “I’m not desiring to be a bishop, so it does not apply to me.” There are two problems with that. First, the reason a bishop is to be blameless is because he is to set the example for the church to follow, to obey. The second is that, unlike today, a bishop was simply chosen from the congregation, and these instructions were given to search among the congregation for one that fits this description. Today, people attend a religious school and upon graduation, they are put into position automatically despite the unconverted character they may have. So, are you following the example blamelessly, which means that there are no practiced transgression towards God, or are you carelessly being a Christian in name only but not “in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18)?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (83): 2 Timothy 1:9 says, “Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” Obviously, the word “grace” is the reference to the free gift of justification. The word “holy” is in refence to sanctification, but things become unclear when followed up with the words “not according to our works”. Many Christians misunderstand this to refer to being holy in title only but we shall continue in works of sin. That contradicts the number of times that Jesus commanded, “sin no more” (John 5:14). The reason it is not our own works is because even in sanctification, it is not us gritting our teeth and working at it. First, “his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Second, Jesus “is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24). Third, “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works” (Ephesians 2:10). In other words, the works are the result of a saving relationship, and it is Christ righteousness showing forth because, of ourselves, “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18). It is not natural for us to do “good works” unselfishly, but once we are connected with Heaven, we have “the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). So, do you have the power from Heaven to be holy, or are you “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5)?

Monday, November 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (82): 1 Timothy 1:8-11 states, “But we know that the law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.” For those that think the law of the Ten Commandments has been done away with, if a person commits a sin, these verses clearly teach that the law is intended for that person. Once we receive the blessings of the gospel as a free gift (justification), we are to become righteous people (sanctification). In other words, we are to be people who have been sanctified by the Word and made holy. We become righteous. The law then is no longer for us because when a person obeys the law, there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1), but if we sin, the law is for us to point out our guilt and need of a Savior. That is all the law can do. The law cannot save us, but for sinners, it has a purpose to direct us to the Savior, who will freely forgive us upon the confession of our sins (1 John 1:9). So, are you sinning thinking the law has been nailed to the cross not realizing that that law reveals what a righteous person is like, or have you gone to the Savior, entered into a saving relationship, and walk before Him in a righteous manner now avoiding sin?

Sunday, November 15, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (81): 2 Thessalonians 2:3 states that in time, even in the last days, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” First of all, one cannot fall away from something they never had. These are people in the faith given to us freely by God. These were people in a saving relationship that become deceived. These are not Jews. Once saved always saved is a lie. The antichrist being a person that takes on the Jews in World War III is a lie. The secret rapture is a lie, which is used to cover up the lie of once saved, always saved. But more importantly, the context tells us that the “falling away” is not simply to stop believing in Jesus. The “man of sin” and the “son of perdition”, also known as antichrist, has the title because people fall away into sin, into perdition. One cannot fall into sin if they are still sinning, which means, these are people who were believing and exercising faith that it is possible to live a holy and sanctified life but now have given it up and now believe that they are saved in their sins instead of from their sins (Matthew 1:21). In fact, it is happening right now to almost all of Christianity, hence why “all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3). One does not have to join the antichrist to be a follower of antichrist. So, have you fallen into the lie of continuing to sin, to excusing sin, to explaining away the Ten Commandments, which “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4), or have you rejected those doctrines and by the “divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3) by living a holy and sanctified life?

Friday, November 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (80): 1 Thessalonians 1:6 states, “And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.” Justification is found in naming one piece of the fruit, a complete package, of the Holy Spirit – joy (Galatians 5:22-23). One cannot have such joy if they were not freely forgiven of their sins. But regarding sanctification, it is a real shame that today’s Christian do not understand the meaning of words. To be a follower of the Lord is living a holy life. If we used to follow temptation into sinning, we were a follower of self and selfishness along with sin and Satan. Becoming a follower of the Lord even being an “ensample”, which is a living example, shows that sin ceased and obedience began for that is the result of the gospel as compared to those that will be lost: “flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:8). Jesus said, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), and “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Further, “If a man love me, he will keep my words” (John 14:23). So, are you a follower of the Lord being obedient to the commandments and keeping His Word, or are you still following yourself and Satan enjoying the pleasures of the world?

Thursday, November 12, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (79): Colossians 1:10 reveals the affect of the free gift of grace: “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.” To sin is not waling worthy nor pleasing God. It is definitely not a “good work” nor does sin increase the knowledge of God. That is clearly living a sanctified and holy life. Seventy-nine verses so far declaring that we are not to live however we please once we become a Christian. Seventy-nine verses so far revealing who a true Christian is. Seventy-nine verses so far also declaring that once a person is saved, they are not always saved if they are still sinning. Today’s popular preaching are ignoring and hiding many verses from their congregation to the detriment of their souls. Are you falling for the deception, or do you live a sanctified and holy life?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (79): Philippians 1:11 says, “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Those that are all about being saved freely by grace do not understand the true position. People that live a holy life, a sanctified life, a righteous life do not keep the commandments and give up sins to earn Heaven. Heaven, eternal life, forgiveness is all free. As this verse states though, a righteous and holy life is the fruit of that grace where if our fruit is to continue in sin, that means we truly have not received of God’s grace but are only pretending to be a Christian. As Jesus said, “By their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). So, is your fruit sin or righteousness to the praise of God?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (78): Ephesians 1:6 states, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” The grace of course is the free gift of justification while being made us into what is accepted is the sanctification or holy living part after we receive His grace. Grace does not leave us in our old life of sin; it transforms us into disciplined and obedient follower “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10). Sin is not acceptable to God but the fruit of the Spirit is. So, has God made you into a new creature, or are you still the sinful one living in the muck and mire of sin still?

Monday, November 09, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (77): Galatians 2:18 states, “For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” So, Paul states that something is destroyed through him. First, the thing that was through Paul was the preaching of the gospel. What does the gospel do? According to the verse, It destroys. What does it destroy? “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8), which of course is sin. So, the works of the devil or sin is destroyed if we receive the gospel. And just to confirm, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). It is the law that we become a transgressor of. Overall, understood properly, the gospel renews a person into living a holy life because sin is destroyed, and if it is not, we become a transgressor again, which means that we are lost. And, in destroying the works of the devil is contained the free gift of forgiveness. So, are you a transgressor again or has the gospel destroyed your life of sin causing you to live a holy and sanctified life?

Sunday, November 08, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (76): 2 Corinthians 1:7 says, “And our hope of you [is] stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so [shall ye be] also of the consolation.” Those that read this verse too quickly miss the hidden “if” condition. First of all, why would anyone be partaking of the sufferings? Saying that one is a Christian most often does not bring on suffering, especially in the United States. It may in certain foreign lands. But what brings on suffering is being a Christian, living a holy and sanctified life. I have never seen a Christian that says they are a Christian suffer when they go along with the crowd. It is those that declare that they cannot participate with the crowd the brings on suffering, persecution, ridicule. The word “consolation” is in reference to receiving the reward at the end of our lives on earth. The consolation is a free gift, but it is only granted to those that partake in the sufferings. Plainly stated, “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Living a sanctified life does not earn Heaven, but living a selfish life and lacking the holy living are people who will not receive Heaven. A sanctified life is the result of receiving the free gift. If a person does not get ready to go on a free trip, they are not going, yet the trip is still free. So, do you experience sufferings for your faith because of the holy living, or do you fit well into the ways of the world and hardly are teased about your faith?

Friday, November 06, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (75): The six verses of 1 Corinthians 1:3-8 begins with “Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ” and ends with “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Clearly the free gift of justification or grace is revealed at the beginning as coming from Jesus Christ, but if someone is truly filled with grace, they will then be transformed into a blameless, holy, sanctified person. So, are you being transformed or are you excusing the sins and still just trying to receive the “free” part?

Thursday, November 05, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (74): Romans 1:7 states, “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called [to be] saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Grace and peace once again is the free gift from God our Father through Jesus Christ, but the verse also states that we are “called to be saints”. That is not in name only but in actually being a saint, which, saints live a holy and sanctified life. Although the words “to be” are added to the verse by the original translators, supporting verses and context reveals that the Greek understanding of the verse is involving action and not by just a title. So, are you a saint living a holy life, or are you claiming to be a saint in name only?

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (73): Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Repent implies the free gift of forgiveness of sins for simply saying, “I repent” because even be committed to not doing the sins again does not take care of the past sins. Only the forgiveness of Christ can wash away those sins, but the words “repent” and “remission of your sins” are both words describing sanctification for to repent of something means to stop doing it. If someone repents of using the name of God in vain, they stop using the name of God in vain. They do not continue to do so and simply just feel sorry for doing it. And remission of sins is to take away the sins from our life. So, have you truly repented or do you think repentance is merely words but acts do not count? And, has remission of sins occurrent in your life?

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (71): John 1:12-13 states, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” “Born of God” is to be “born again”. This experience is not earned but given in the form of grace, forgiveness of sin, and even the desire to live for Christ, bordering on encompassing both justification and sanctification. But it is made clear that sanctification happens to those born again by stating that God gives “power to become sons of God”, not merely to be declared to be sons of God. There is a big difference in the words “become” and “declared” – one actually happens. Even the sanctification is not wholly our work “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of [his] good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13), but He does not force us to do “His good pleasure”. The “power” gives us strength to live a holy life. To not live a holy life is to be “denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5), which so many deceived Christians do. So, have you received the “power” to actually do of His good pleasure where sin is cast aside, or do you deny that power and just claim the grace part of salvation?

Monday, November 02, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (71): Luke 1:68 says, “Blessed [be] the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people.” Seeing that “there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek” (Romans 10:12), we too have been redeemed by the free gift of Jesus Christ for our salvation sake. But so few understand what the word “redeemed” truly means. It means “deliverance” according to the Bible Lexicon. Luke 11:4 says, “deliver us from evil”. Isaiah 38:17 says, “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul [delivered it] from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.” Psalms 79:9 says, “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake.” Galatians 1:4 says, “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.” Basically, we are delivered from our sins, not just the record in Heaven being wiped clean, but also the effects that sin has upon us by ceasing it so we do not continue to destroy our bodies. In other words, God does not just wipe clean the sin of smoking and doing drugs but delivers us by causing us to cease the smoking habit. Not only does God wipe off the record of lying to people, but He removes the lying from us so we are not on the constant run from our lies being found out. To truly be redeemed causes us to stop doing the sin in the first place. Yes, we are freely forgiven to be permitted to enter the freely offered place called Heaven have the free gift of eternal life, but the gospel is more – the holy life so we do not continue to live the results of sin. Now, are you living that “more” part out by ceasing the thing that causes so much harm to the body – sin?

Sunday, November 01, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (70): Mark 2:17 says, “When Jesus heard [it], he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Repentance is not just forgiveness (1 John 1:9) but deliverance (Galatians 1:4) – being given a holy life. That is what Jesus calls all of us to do. So, have you repented or are you still in your sins?

Friday, October 30, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (69): Matthew 4:7 says, “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” This is after Satan tempted Jesus to perform a purposeful and sinful act of “cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” (Matthew 4:6). Christians tempt the Lord with their unholy living all of the time. By ignoring the Ten Commandments and careless living yet claiming to be saved by grace and are expecting God, who cast out Adam and Eve for the slightest offense to God’s commandments and the devil and his angels out of Heaven for coveting the throne of God, to simply allow us to walk into Heaven with a history of a ton of sins without repenting for a single one. Many Christians claim to be able to purposely “minister” in questionable places, like bars, parties, and such. Many Christians purposefully ignore God’s statements to casting away every evil before our eyes and every evil entering into our ears claiming that it is powerless entertainment. To avoid purposeful acts of sin and temptation is holy living. We are to do everything that is in our power to control to avoid placing ourselves in tempting situations while claiming God will keep us. So, do you purposely tempt God, or do as Jesus says and keep yourself from purposeful and careless exposure to sin?

Thursday, October 29, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (68): Revelation 2:2 says, “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” Today, we can say that many claim to be Christian but are found to be liars. Why? Because they are evil. Continuing in sin and making excuses for sinning is evil (Genesis 50:17). Therefore, this verse clearly teaches to live the holy or sanctified life, but one does not desire such a life unless they were justified. Yes, the justification is well hidden but the focus of these messages is to call upon the many liars to come out of the stupor of being saved only by justification (grace) into the holy life (obeying the commandments). And if you did not take notice, every New Testament book has now, at least twice because we have reached Revelations again, has the same theme – be justified freely but then live in “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). When we start with Matthew again, for round three, will you shed off that lie of pitting grace against commandment keeping, holy living, and actually live a holy life that God wants to empower you to have?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (67): Jude 1:3 states, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Having faith “once delivered unto the saints” is the free gift of justification because “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). However, people read so quickly and miss the sanctification part. We are to “earnestly contend”. That means to give every effort – not just effort but “earnest” effort. That is a daily battle, and if we do not, we have then lost our faith, and so much for “once saved, always saved” because we are not. Only “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). So, are you earnestly contending each day as Paul did (1 Corinthians 15:31), or do you just accept the deliverance of faith and going about a mediocre Christian life, which is not the life of Christ or a Christian or of a saved person?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Both David and Joseph were tempted by a sexual attraction. David fell while Joseph escaped. Why? One reason, of several, is that of how each came upon the incident. Joseph went about his daily duties and it was thrust upon him by no fault of his own (Genesis 39:12). David, taking a late-night stroll on the walking path of the roof of the house (2 Samuel 11:2), was careless. In a sense, David entered into the temptation himself. God protects us during happenstances, but He does not protect us from our own voluntary indulgence. Remember, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). So, when temptation arises in your life, have you been careless to cause the temptation and probably will be weak to resist, or was the temptation thrust upon you by no fault of your own and be strengthened to escape?

Monday, October 26, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (66): 3 John 1:11 states the call to sanctification so clearly and the consequences of not having it. The verse begins with “Beloved,” which is the free justification because unbelievers are not addressed this way. To be a “believer” is to have been forgiven of one’s sins (Mark 1:15). Then the verse continues “follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” Now sin is evil (1 Kings 16:19). Therefore, everyone that says they are saved but sin have not seen God, therefore, the consequence is that they are lost. Those that do righteous deeds is doing good and are of God. Those that try to mix up the two even to the point that they mostly do good deeds are still not having the understanding of God for it is not a matter of being “mostly good”. It is a matter of having all of the evil put away. So, are you of God doing only that which is right and good before God, or are you evil sinning here or there thinking you know God?

Sunday, October 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (65): 2 John 1:5 states, “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.” The word lady can be symbolically a reference to the church, comparing Jeremiah 6:2 to Isaiah 51:16, and no one is part of the church without first receiving the free gift of grace. Then, in today’s verse, we see that we are to keep a commandment. It is the one referring to loving one another. Now God does not leave it to us to determine what love is because even acts of kindness can be used in an evil way, so Jesus said, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39) and quickly followed with “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40), which means we are to keep the Ten Commandments. The last six tells us how to love our neighbor, but in the context, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37) also, which is the first four commandments. That is holy or sanctified living. So, do you really love God and one another keeping all Ten Commandments, or do you simply make up your own definition of love allowing sin in people’s lives thinking it is the loving thing to do?

Friday, October 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (64): 1 John 1:6, states clearly, “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” Alright, it may not be clear to some. So restated to the modern wording and application, “If we say that we are saved, and continue in the darkness of sin, we are a liar and are not telling the truth because we are to do the truth.” The “we are saved” or “have fellowship with Him” is the free gift of justification. Failing “to do the truth” is the expected life of sanctification or holy living. So, are you a liar still sinning claiming to be saved, or are you telling the truth by obeying the truth?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (64): 2 Peter 1:4 says, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” The great and precious promises, like forgiveness of sin and eternal life, are all references to the free gift of justification. Once we receive justification, then we become partakers of the divine nature. Our old sinful, selfish ways die. We then escape from corruption and the lusts of the world, which the slightest effort for gain is classified by lust. It is not the sex addict, the drug addict, the billionaire seeking more money, those seeking power, etc, but it is the simple sinning as well. To set all of the excuses to sin aside having a new nature, that is sanctification. Again, this is yet another verse that clearly teaches and obviously teaches that the free gifts are only part of the whole salvation process. If we are not living a fit life for heaven now, we are not going to be there. So, are you partaking of the divine nature giving up those things the world seeks after, or are you making excuses to continue being entertained by the world, gaining things of the world, etc.?

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (63): 1 Peter 1:3-5 says, “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” Notice the smooth transition. In verse 3, we have the free abundance of mercy with the free incorruptible inheritance of verse 4. In verse 5, the condition of who receives it quite explicitly laid out, but do realize that all three verses make up one complete sentence. These free gifts are only for those that are kept by the power of God, which is the sanctified or holy living. If we are still breaking the commandments and sinning, we are not being kept. That is pure resistance of the power of God, which is exactly what the last generation on earth would be doing: “denying the power” (2 Timothy 3:5). So, do you deny the power to overcome by continuing in sin, or do you use the power to stop sinning?

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Let me get this right. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me” (John 14:21). And, “If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31). “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). But all those that break God’s commandments, declare to already be saved so the Bible does not apply to them, declare that the Bible has errors or unable to be comprehended, do not think they are the deceived ones? So, the devil has Christians attacking the commandments and the Word of God and they think they are on God’s side. There is something wrong with this picture. Now, are you enduring the insults as you keep the commandments and obey God’s Word, or have you been deceived to the fake Christian side who are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15)?

Monday, October 19, 2020

We are not done with the series on sanctification but thought we would work another topic in. If pushing a theory that involves the elimination of scripture, including whole books, should that not be alarming? People avoid the book of James because of how “works oriented” it is. Some love the gospel of John but shun first, second, and third John because it too looks to be “works oriented”. That is not the only book. There are people that believe the books of Matthew and Hebrews are for Jews only. What utter nonsense! “There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek” (Romans 10:12). People are even taught that when too many scriptures are involved that it confuses people. No. The theory is confusing. So, does what you believe require ignoring other scriptures?

Sunday, October 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (62): James 1:12 is one of the clearest text that shows conditional salvation. Too bad most Christians are taught to ignore the book of James. The condition is based upon sanctification to receive justification. “Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” We are to endure and not give into temptation, which is the sanctification or holy living part. What do we receive if successful? The free gift of the “crown of life”. Remember, it is like receiving a free ticket to go somewhere, but if you do not prepare for the trip and show up on time, you will not be going. The “crown of life” is that free ticket to eternal life paid for by the blood of Jesus alone (1 John 1:7). Enduring temptation is that of not giving into sin. And for those that think once they are saved and cannot be lost, the Bible further states, “hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” (Revelation 3:11). How is that possible when no man can pluck us from the hand of God (John 10:28-29)? That is where temptation comes in at. Humans tempt humans not realizing they are acting as agents of Satan, or sometimes they do know. And when we stop doing John 10:27, we give into temptation. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” The voice is now in our hands called the Bible. When we stop obeying or following the Bible, we have given into the temptation and followed man by choice. We then no longer have God’s protection because we chose to follow temptation instead. So, how are you doing in enduring temptations?

Friday, October 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (61): Hebrews 1:9 says, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, [even] thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Now many will point out that this applies to Jesus, and yes it does, but we are told “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). Besides, what is the Holy Spirit supposed to do for us? “When he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). To reprove us of sin is to cause us to hate sin or iniquity. To reprove us of righteousness is to develop the love for righteousness. Therefore, to come to the realization of needing to hate iniquity and love righteousness, implies that justification has taken place, because if we are not fully forgiven of past sins, it does not matter about a holy life. We would not hate sin and love righteousness because it would be worthless. Upon being forgiven, we would be disgusted by sin because that is what nailed Jesus to the cross. We would love God’s righteous ways and want to live those ways. That is sanctification. That is holy living. So, how much do you hate sin and love righteousness, or are you tolerant of sin and do not want to be too “goody”? Mediocre Christianity is not hating iniquity.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (60): Philemon 1:6 states, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” The faith and Christ Jesus being in us are references to the justification that is free from Heaven. Our communication, which is not restricted to speaking or writing, but in character and how we conduct ourselves, along with “every good thing” are references to sanctification or a holy life. We either communicate and show those good things representing Jesus Christ, Who is to be in our hearts, or we communicate sin and selfishness representing Satan, who then must actually be in our heart. And our heart is not to be shared. If it is, despite any good shown, we are actually allowing Satan to have the heart. So, who is in you? Christ or Satan? Good or evil? Righteousness or sinfulness?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (59): In Titus 1:2, we are made aware of the free gift of eternal life which no one can earn since the promise came before even the existence of Adam and Eve: “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began”. Then Paul turns around in verse 6 and states, “If any be blameless…”. Now, some would argue that this was addressed to picking an elder or bishop. Although it is in the context, we have to realize that an elder or bishop was to example a Christian life and was chosen from among the congregation and not simply attending some school for a doctorate degree and automatically be assigned to the position despite being unconverted as if it were just a job. Therefore, the congregation was to actually be blameless and not given into having more than one wife and having unruly children. That blameless status is the holy living or sanctification. Any that continued to attend church and were living an unchristian lifestyle were needing their lives cleaned up before they can actually receive the gift of eternal life, much like a person giving another person a free ticket to go on a trip. The person receiving the ticket ought to change out of their pajamas into clothing suitable for traveling, along with packing the appropriate things for the trip. The trip is free but the preparation takes a bit of work. That is the relationship of justification and sanctification. Justification is free while cleaning up a person’s life so as to dwell with sinless beings takes a bit of work. Now, are you striving to be blameless to show the world the power of God or careless showing the power of Satan?

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (58): 2 Timothy 1:8 contains both sanctification (holy living) and justification (forgiveness of our sins and a clean record before God). “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God.” The gospel includes the message of how “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). That is justification that Heaven alone provides, and we can do nothing for the saving part. But, the purpose of the “power of God”, which “his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Godliness is sanctification. So, do have the gospel according to the power of God showing that a person is saved and held from sinning (Jude 24), or do you just have a powerless gospel that really does not provide salvation but sounds good?

Monday, October 12, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (57): 1 Timothy 1:5 states, “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and [of] a good conscience, and [of] faith unfeigned”, and a lot of Christians misunderstand that “the end” is not referring to being over because then God does not exist anymore for James 5:11 states “have seen the end of the Lord”. The word “end” means result, in this case. The result of keeping the commandments is love. If a person keeps the commandments to get into Heaven, they will be lost. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Now with that understood, 1 Timothy 1:5 means that commandment keeping still is to happen, and that is sanctification or holy living. So, have you cast away the love of God (first four commandments) and love to the neighbor (last six commandments), or do you love God and neighbor keeping the commandments (Matthew 22:37-40)?

Sunday, October 11, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (56): In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10, there is a real concern that God’s people not fall away. That means the “once saved, always saved” theology is a lie because people can choose to leave the protective hand of God (John 10:28-29) if they stop listening to His voice and stop following or obeying Him, which is the opposite of the condition to accept that promise of protection (John 10:27). What causes people to fall away? Giving up holy living. This is stated in those verses in a number of ways. The words “son of perdition” and “man of sin” or “man of breaking the commandments” (1 John 3:4) gets the title by “breaking one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so” (Matthew 5:19) and by “laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men” (Mark 7:8). The words “the mystery of iniquity” is exactly why people are lost when Jesus comes despite the use of Jesus’ name to work miracles (Matthew 7:21-23). The word “iniquity” is another word inclusive of sinning. The word “wicked” is the title that is used for all those that choose to sin. And “unrighteousness” is the opposite of “righteous” living, which God’s law is what defines righteousness. So, have you fallen away from the truth of obedience into a life of excusing sin while claiming to be saved, or are you staying in obedience to the commandments by the grace of God?

Friday, October 09, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (55): 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 states, “Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” The gospel is not in word only that you are forgiven of your sins (free gift of justification) but in power, as in the “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3), to continue in the “election of God” (sanctification or holy living) as opposed to electing to sin, live for self, etc. The “manner” in which we live determines that election every day. If we choose to sin, we elect Satan and are lost. If we choose obedience, we elect God and are saved. We expected the Thessalonians to stop their idol worship and worship God. How much more should we put away the idol of eating whatever we want, choose to worship according to God’s way, get rid of watching Hollywood garbage, stop listening to worldly music, etc.? So, which do you elect every day, all day?

Thursday, October 08, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (54): Colossians 1:5 states the free gift of justification or forgiveness of our sins “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.” That hope is “the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7), of course, which we cannot earn. Then if we accept that gift, Paul goes on to write in the very next verse, “Which is come unto you, as [it is] in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as [it doth] also in you, since the day ye heard [of it], and knew the grace of God in truth” (Colossians 1:6). That fruit is a changed life, meaning, we “should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20). Those good works are commandment keeping, being the Christian described in Galatians 5:22-23, and overall, repenting or stopping the sinning in our life. So, do you only live on hope, or does the gospel hope also give you power to produce the fruit of obedient works?

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (54): Philippians 1:7 uses the justification wording by stating, “confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.” Then shortly after, in Philippians 1:10 appears the sanctification or holy living expectation by stating, “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” Sin is offensive. We are to live without offence; therefore, we are to live without sinning. So, are you offensive in excusing sins in your life, or are you careful to cease from all sinning by the divine power (2 Peter 1:3) of God?

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (53): Ephesians 1:3 contains the free act of justification by stating, “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ.” Those spiritual blessings in Christ is the grace necessary to be washed from our sins. Then in Ephesians 1:4 is the call to holy or sanctified living: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.” To be holy and without blame is to cease from sin because it is sins committed that causes the blame, having stain on our soul. Too many Christians are all about verse 3 when verse 4 clearly shows the life after being filled with grace. In other words, if a person has grace (verse 3), they will live a holy and blameless life (verse 4). So, are you living such a holy and blameless life, or are you stilling sinning claiming only the grace part of verse 3 and not accepting verse 4?

Monday, October 05, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (52): So many Christians read Galatians 2:16 and stop and are misled into “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6). “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” And we agree. No law keeping can justify a single person. It is a free gift. There is nothing we can do to become justified. It is everything that Jesus has done. But, if we read Galatians 2:17, it says, “But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, [is] therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.” God does not then encourage us to sin, which “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Justification is the forgiveness of our sins not to continue to sin but to continue in the law obediently, otherwise, if we state that we are free from obeying the law for the rest of the days, God is then the minister of sinning contributing to the world’s problems. So, which gospel do you listen to? The one that permits sinning and is of the devil, or the one that freely forgives all of our transgressions so that we then can live a blameless life in obedience the rest of our days?

Sunday, October 04, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (51): 2 Corinthians 1:2 clearly teaches the free gift of justification by stating, “Grace [be] to you and peace from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.” The sanctification is not as blatant but in the opening verses, it is stated more than once with the words of “suffering”, “consolation”, “enduring”, “suffering”, “in tribulation”, and especially “salvation”. Our salvation is affected by the fact that we either endure these things, or we compromise or lie or change to accommodate the persecutors. Some even go has far as renouncing their faith with fingers crossed! Jesus said, “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). Therefore, living the uncompromised, non-lying, non-changing practice like Daniel, is the sanctified life. Anything short of it is an unsanctified, unholy life and that supposed Christian will be lost for Jesus said, “whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:25). We are not eternally saved the day we say so. It is a daily living of that choice (1 Corinthians 15:31). If one day we stop listening to Jesus and stop following him and become selfish doing our own thing, we just walked ourselves out of the protective hand of Christ (John 10:27-29). So, are you enduring affliction or giving into it?

Friday, October 02, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (50): It must be a purposeful agenda on the ministers part that want large congregations (Jude 1:4) and the people wanting an easy gospel (2 Timothy 4:3) because 1 Corinthians 1:2 is so blatant in stating that both sanctification (holy living) and justification (free gift of God) are part of a true Christian experience: “Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.” Clearly the word “sanctified” and “to be saints” are stated. Sanctification is not a declaration but rather who we are – a person living a holy life. That is what “be saints” means and not just “called saints”. Now, all that “call upon the name of Jesus” is the justification part for “whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). So, are you a saint living a holy life obeying the standards of God, or are you an “in name only” Christian living a life sinning here or there and disregarding God’s commandments, which defines what sin is?

Thursday, October 01, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (49): Romans 1:5 states, “By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name.” Grace is justification and obedience is sanctification (holy living). Now, before anyone dismisses this verse as not pertaining to them declaring to not be an apostle, verse 6 states, “Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ.” Every follower of Jesus Christ is expected to receive the free gift of grace and be in obedience. So, again, are you just claiming grace, or do accept both grace and obedience as salvation?

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (48): Acts 1:8 tells us that those present and even to this day “shall receive power” making us to be “witnesses”. This power of the Holy Spirit is “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). That is the best witness of the gospel – a godly life. So, how is your witness? [Now, that is 4 dozen references in the New Testament expecting a godly, holy, sanctified life! Are you living such a life or are you stuck still on just being forgiven of sins while still sinning?]

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (47): John 1:7 says, “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe.” The reason why people cannot see that the expectation of living a sanctified or holy life being stated throughout the entire Bible, especially in the New Testament is because they do not know how to study the Bible. They see this verse and simply say, “John pointed to Jesus being the Messiah.” Come on folks. Who the light happens to be is our justification that is freely given, but what does the light do? “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:19-20). The light causes us to stop doing the evil. In plain speaking, John 1:7 draws us to Jesus Who saves but also causes us to stop sinning. So, have you come to the light, or do you just look at the light and claim to be saved?

Monday, September 28, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (46): Referring to Zacharias and Elisabeth, Luke wrote, “And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6). Before anyone dismisses this verse to say that it is a time before the cross, keep in mind, Luke is writing well after the cross and making note of it. People do not make note of things unless it has some impact upon the message to be considered. Further, we are told, “be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). And Paul wrote, “[I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Obviously, keeping the commandments is a sanctified and holy lifestyle. The justification is in reference to being “righteous before God” because “all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Only God can make us righteous. So, are you walking blameless or are you walking in sin?

Sunday, September 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (45): Jesus preached, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Believe the gospel is accepting the free justification or forgiveness of our sins and the promise of eternal life. To repent is to stop sinning, which is the sanctified life or holy living. We stop sinning because if we repent and continue in sinning then we really did not repent. So, have you truly repented of your sins?

Friday, September 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (44): In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” This is what Jesus lived by. This is what Jesus taught. Nothing suggests that this was for the Jews only but after the cross things changed. In fact, John later states, “the word of God abideth in you” (1 John 2:14). To live by every word is a holy and sanctified life. Today, that Word is in the form of the scriptures. Of course, only a justified person would want to live God’s Word. An unbeliever would not. So, are you living by every word or are you excusing it claiming you are just saved?

Thursday, September 24, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (43): 3 John 1:8 tells us, “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.” To have fellowship means that at some point the person was baptized, which includes the remission of sins or free gift of justification. To continue in fellowship, everyone is expected to live in obedience to the truth. That is sanctification because if one person decides to ignore the commandments and spouts off foul words, the other person will not be able to continue in fellowship. Sin divides. So, are you part of chaos by freely doing whatever youi desire, or are you disciplined submitting to obeying the truth?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (42): In 2 John, the order of things are reversed. Sanctification is mentioned first in 2 John 1:1 by saying, “I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth”, where to be in the truth and known the truth is to experience and live the truth. 2 John 1:2 states, “For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.” Again, that is holy living talk for truth to dwell in us. Then, 2 John 1:3 states, “Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love” is all justification talk, which is free from God. So, despite the sequence out being of order, it does not negate the fact that clearly we are to be both justified freely and live a sanctified or holy life. Now, is the truth dwelling in you or does sin dwell in you?

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (40): 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” Not only does this refute being saved by justification alone separate from sanctification, but it also refutes the “once saved, always saved” mentality and belief. We are only in the faith initially because of being justified freely by Jesus Christ, but to continuously examine ourselves to see if we are still in the faith avoiding being a reprobate is the sanctified or holy living. If we are actively sinning and call ourselves a Christian, we are a reprobate. We are a disgrace and bring ill repute to the name of Christ. In other words, if we are actively sinning, we are outside of the faith, we are reprobates, and we shall be lost. So, are you in or out of the faith currently?

Monday, September 21, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (40): In 1 John 1:3, we are told that “our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ”, but then in 1 John 1:5, we are told “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” To have fellowship with the Father means that our past life of sinning has been freely forgiven and washed clean because sin is what separates us from Him. That is justification. That is something we cannot earn. But to stay in fellowship means that we stay in the light and not go into any darkness. That is sanctification, even a holy life because “every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved” (John 3:20). So, are you being kept in the light or do you dabble in darkness stepping out of fellowship with the Father and the Son?

Sunday, September 20, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (39): 2 Peter 1:1 tells us “to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” and verse 2 says, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.” All of this is justification language, which is what everyone ought to believe. It is free from God. But then in verse 3, it says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue”, which is a continuation of the statement as verse 2 ended with only a comma. It contains the “divine power” which produces a life of “godliness”. That is the expected sanctified or holy life after receiving justification. Those that end the thought on verse 2 become those predicted to be “denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They do not think they can live a godly life, overcome sin. So, are you accepting of the divine power to overcome all of your sins or denying the power?

Friday, September 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (38): In 1 Peter 1:2 explicitly states, “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.” Grace and peace, even the blood of Jesus Christ, are all references to being justified, which is an act of God that we cannot earn. But clearly, justification leads to the sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit unto obedience, the obedience of the Ten Commandments because the Holy Spirit “will reprove the world of sin”, which is the breaking of the commandments, ”and of righteousness”, which is the obeying of the commandments, “and of judgment” of which the commandments are the standard God uses to judge. So, how are you doing on the obedience part?

Thursday, September 17, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (37): James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have [her] perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” To be part of the brethren is to have become a Christian, which means, “repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15) of which “he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). That is justification. But to become perfect through experience, especially going through temptations, wanting or needing nothing more spiritually, is sanctification. So, do you let the challenges in life shape a godly character, or are you just as impatient as all other unbelievers?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (36): Do people really believe in Hebrews 1:3? “Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Jesus did this freely as a gift to us sinners. He came as predicted by the Word, withstood sin, died a horrible death, rose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven. We accept this by faith, which brought us grace, however, if we are truly purged of our sins, that means “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). So, has sin been purged from you, or does sin continue in your life?

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (35): Philemon 1:3 brings out the usual justification introduction of “Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”, which is unearnable. Then in Philemon 1:5, Paul brings out the sanctification or holy living by stating, “Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints.” It may not be obvious, but Love to Jesus or God and towards the saints, which are also our neighbors, should remind us of what Jesus said: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). The law refers to the Ten Commandments. Therefore, it is expected that we keep the first four commandments if we love God and the last six if we love our neighbor. So, how is your love to Jesus and your neighbor?

Monday, September 14, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (34): Titus 1:1 states, “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness.” This verse is not just about Paul but to all who are part of God’s elect, the saved. We receive the gift of faith, even the free gift of justification by faith, then we, as part of the sanctified life, acknowledge what truth is as we learn it and form a character after godliness. So, do you acknowledge truth when you see it and live according to it unto godliness?

Sunday, September 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (33): According to 2 Timothy 1:2, it is stated once again, “Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord”, which is the free gifts of Justification with God. Then in verse 7, Paul states, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). That power is no special power only to apostles or ministers but to everyone. Peter tells us, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). It is the power to live a life unto godliness, which is the sanctification or holy living. So, how are you living your life? To God or self?

Friday, September 11, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (32): In 1 Timothy 1:2, Paul states, “Grace, mercy, [and] peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord”, which is freely given to us from God and acknowledged as justification, but then in verse 3, Paul states, “that they teach no other doctrine”, which means that we are to all believe the same doctrine and live by those doctrines, which is the introduction to a holy or sanctified life. Then in verse 4, Paul states, “godly edifying which is in faith: [so do]”, which again is equated with a holy or sanctified life. So, how is your godly edifying or living, or are you living to your own ways?

Thursday, September 10, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (31): 2 Thessalonians 1:2-3 states “Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.” Again, grace and peace come to us freely as a gift from God that we cannot earn known as justification. But upon receiving God’s grace, it changes people to the point that “charity” “aboundeth”. At first glance, sanctification or holy living is not so apparent but it is there for Peter wrote, “beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity” (2 Peter 1:5-7). We cannot obtain charity if we do not have faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, and brotherly kindness first. Virtue, temperance, patience, godliness, and even brotherly kindness are all part of a sanctified or holy living. So, does charity abound in your life?

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (30): 1 Thessalonians 1:3 says, “Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.” Faith is believing in the gift of grace and forgiveness for if one does not believe they are forgiven, there is no faith. To “work” and to “labor” is the expected holy life after receiving the free gift. So, what work, what labor are you doing?

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (29): Galatians 1:3-5 says, “Grace [be] to you and peace from God the Father, and [from] our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Grace and peace along with Christ giving Himself for our sins is all freely given to us from Heaven whereby we are freely forgiven of our sins, but once again, the expectation of God is that we would then be delivered from the evil world where the world full of evil does not draw us to sin in any form giving glory to God for His divine power He so willingly gives us. In other words, this is the holy and sanctified life. So, have you been delivered from the evil world or are you still drowning in your sins by continuing in them?

Monday, September 07, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (28): Colossians 1:2 says, “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” One cannot be a saint without receiving the grace and peace from God which is the free gift of justification. At the same time, one cannot be faithful if they are not living a holy life. To give into temptation is not faithful. It is like handing someone some food to hold and asking them not to eat any of it and to protect it from others trying to get at it. Upon returning to this friend and noticing that some of the food is missing due to not being in self-control, we would obviously say that such a person is not faithful. The same is true with our bodies. We have been given these bodies to “be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). If we are using the bodies in sinful ways, then we are not faithful. So, how faithful are you in resisting sin?

Sunday, September 06, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (27): Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Now this is absolutely clear. The “peace” is God’s justification where sin used to separate but is no longer part of the life as it is washed away, freely forgiven. The peace is not the act of just “getting along” or “compromising” but keeping sin out of the relationship. On the second half of the verse, it is not only clear that holy living is expected, but if we do not have the peace and do not have holiness, we shall not see God. We will not be saved. So, how is your relationship with fellow human beings? Is it just like everyone else’s experience or is it of a heavenly origin?

Thursday, September 03, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (26): Matthew 12:36-37 states, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” At first glance, it looks like actions or words are being judged and the verses lack grace, however, both justification and sanctification are in these verses. Jesus taught that a person would be justified. That is the grace, the free gift. There is nothing we can do to earn justification. Despite our past sins, Jesus is “to present [you] faultless” (Jude 24). However, justification is not for those that will continue in their sins, even in speaking. Therefore, justification will only be applied to those that now have ceased idle words, ceased the foul mouth, ceased telling lies, ceased speaking in idolizing ways, etc. That is holy living and if we are not speaking in a holy or respectful way, we shall be condemned no matter how long we have claimed to be a Christian. That is what Jesus said. So, what do your words reveal your future will be? Receiving free justification or being condemned?

Thursday, September 03, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (26): Matthew 12:36-37 states, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” At first glance, it looks like actions or words are being judged and the verses lack grace, however, both justification and sanctification are in these verses. Jesus taught that a person would be justified. That is the grace, the free gift. There is nothing we can do to earn justification. Despite our past sins, Jesus is “to present [you] faultless” (Jude 24). However, justification is not for those that will continue in their sins, even in speaking. Therefore, justification will only be applied to those that now have ceased idle words, ceased the foul mouth, ceased telling lies, ceased speaking in idolizing ways, etc. That is holy living and if we are not speaking in a holy or respectful way, we shall be condemned no matter how long we have claimed to be a Christian. That is what Jesus said. So, what do your words reveal your future will be? Receiving free justification or being condemned?

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (25): 2 John 1:3-4 says, “Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.” Grace, mercy, peace are free gifts of justification from God. We receive grace because we have sinned. We receive mercy because we ought to die for those sins (Romans 6:23). And we are at peace because sin has been removed from our relationship that cuts us off from God. But then the expectation is to be walking or obeying the truth. That is holy living. That is sanctification. So, how are you walking? Still in sinful paths or on the righteous and narrow way (Matthew 7:14)?

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (24): 1 Corinthians 15:1 says, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand.” To receive the gospel is to receive the free gift of justification. To stand is to take a firm action against all those things that work against the gospel, primarily against sin, for the Bible says, “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). That is sanctification or holy living. So, are you relying only on receiving the gospel, or are you also taking a stand for Christ ceasing the participation in the wiles of the devil – sin?

Monday, August 31, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (23): [The number 21 was used when 22 should have been.] 1 John 3:18 says, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” Being a child of God means we are no longer a child of Satan. We have been freely forgiven of our sins, but it is not enough to simply say, “I’m saved!” We now live in deed and in truth, which is a sanctified life – holy living. So, are you being a Christian in deed and in truth, or just claiming to be a Christian?

Sunday, August 30, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (21): 1 Corinthians 12:13 says, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” To be baptized is to have been justified, for baptism is the outward action of accepting Jesus Christ who freely washes away all of our sins (Revelation 1:5), but then to drink into one Spirit is to walk after the Spirit and not the flesh (Romans 8:1, 4). So, are you drinking of the one Spirit, or are you drinking of what the world has to offer?

Friday, August 28, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (21): Ephesians 2:1 states, “And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins.” By the gift of grace or justification, Jesus saved or quickened us. The status afterwards is that we “were dead in trespasses and sins”. This is past tense telling us that the present condition is that we are no longer in trespasses and sins for we live a holy or sanctified life now. So, how are you living?

Thursday, August 27, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (20): 1 Corinthians 13:7 says, “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” This is the twentieth verse so far that calls for holy living and not this worldly lifestyle that so many Christians live and claim to be saved. That is twenty verses purposely misunderstood or they would stop being worldly. In this case, to “believe all things” is our free gift of justification, which we cannot earn, for “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31). However, to “endure all things” is our call to sanctification or holy living for “Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” (James 1:12). If we give into the temptation of sin and living worldly, we are not enduring. Therefore, we need to resist worldliness and sinning. That is holy living. So, how is your endurance? Do you have any?

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

BACK TO OUR GARDEN FOR A MOMENT: Did you ever notice that weeds grow up faster than good plants? It is easy to sin but a lot more difficult to cultivate a holy life. In fact, when a person gives into a sin just once, it can set a person back spiritually for days or weeks or longer. Future temptations become stronger and resistance takes a whole lot more energy. So, how careful are you to not be indulging just a little?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (19): In Philippians 1:2, Paul reveals the free grace bestowed upon the Philippians by stating, “Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ”, however, continuing his greeting, he eventually states, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6), which is the sanctification part. We do not become instantly holy upon receiving the justification or forgiveness of our past sins nor are we to stay at that point in our character. Holy living is a growing in knowledge process. Nonetheless, it is growing to higher standards by letting off known sins and learning what other things in our life is considered sin and then leaving that off too. So, are you advancing in your holy living removing all sins in your life, or are you still the same sinful or maybe only slightly better person than before becoming a Christian?

Monday, August 24, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (18): 2 Thessalonians 1:12 says, “That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Grace is freely given to us from God through Jesus Christ, but the expectation is then to glorify Christ afterwards. This is the sanctification part – holy living. While sinning, we glorify Satan showing that his ways are stronger in us than God’s, therefore, to glorify Christ, we are to stop sinning and live in obedience. So, who do you glorify?

Sunday, August 23, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (17): 2 Corinthians 5:14 says, “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.” Jesus dying to save us is the free gift of grace being justified or declared to be faultless (Jude 1:24). Being constrained is the holy living or sanctification. If we don not sense a restrictive life from sinning then we are not only lacking that love of Christ but also the grace of Jesus dying for us. So, do you feel guilty for sinning, have confessed your sins, and by the power of God constrained the body from continuing therein?

Friday, August 21, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (16): Ephesians 2:5 says, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)”. We are saved by grace, which is the justification part, but notice who receives it: Those that “were dead in sins” not “are dead in sins”. We stop sinning. That is sanctification. That is holy living. So, are you still dead in your sins, or are you alive in Christ leaving your sins behind?

Thursday, August 20, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVED BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (16): 3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” Yesterday, we realized that not every Christian is a child of God. Many are the child of Satan. Those who have their sins forgiven and repent of doing the sin are the children of God. And what is that expectation today? To walk in truth. If we do not walk in truth, again, we are not His children but Satan’s. Walking in the truth is the sanctified life for we are told from Jesus, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, do you walk in the truth or your own feelings?

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (15): 1 John 3:10 says, “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” Here we see that not every Christian is a child of God nor is every created human being a child of God. Those that do righteousness, which is holy living, which is a sanctified life are the children of God. And then, to be called a child of God means that God has freely forgiven us of our sins, which is the justification part. So, are you doing righteousness or unrighteousness, which is called sin?

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (14): James 2:21 “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?” First off, the notion that people of the Old Testament are saved differently than the New Testament is an utter lie. If James can hold up Abraham as an example, Christians ought to throw away the “Christian dispensation” theory. In other words, they were not saved by commandment keeping and we by grace. Both need grace, but we do not receive it without holy or sanctified living, just as is brought out here. Works save no one, but works gives evidence of being saved. So, how are your works?

Monday, August 17, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (13): Revelation 2:10 ends with “be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” The crown of life is the free gift. We will be justified freely to receive it, but being faithful, with forgiveness of our sins, is the living of a sanctified life. It also shows that the “once saved, always saved” is false. If we are not faithful, we are not saved. Now, what does it mean to be faithful? “And from Jesus Christ, [who is] the faithful witness, [and] the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood” (Revelation 1:5). From this verse, we learn that we are witnessing our faithfulness, as in, not going against God’s will but doing only God’s will. Further, being washed from our sins is the focus of our witness, even our faithfulness. We are unfaithful when we choose to sin. We are faithful and showing a perfect witness when we are tempted to sin and do not. So, are you a faithful witness or poor example of a Christian?

Sunday, August 16, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (13): Matthew 7:17 states, “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” An example of good fruit would be “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). An example of evil fruit would be sin (Psalms 51:4). Therefore, to be a “good tree” it must be a tree receiving God’s free grace to forgive the sinner, but the expectation is that the tree would remain good after being planted and bear good fruit from the Spirit. If such continues to sin, that would be bad fruit, and “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matthew 7:19). So, which do you have? Good or bad fruit? Keep in mind, a mixture of both good and bad fruit is still bad for “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:18), which means, the good fruit we think we have is actually evil.

Friday, August 14, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (12): 1 John 2:6 states, “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” Many people claim to abide in God’s grace, in His mercy, and in His love. If that is true, and you claim it, which is the justification part, do you then live the sanctified life, which is to obey (walk) as Jesus did (walked), avoiding sin and “doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21)?

Thursday, August 13, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (11): Jude 1:1-2 says, “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, [and] called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.” To receive God’s mercy and His peace is to be forgiven of sins freely for His mercy is a gift, but notice the verse states “them that are sanctified”. That is not some future time like when we get to Heaven. That is a “now” experience to be holy. So, has God made you holy, or are you still excusing sins in your life?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

WE ARE NOT SAVE BY JUSTIFICATION ALONE! (10): John 17:14 says, “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” What word is given from the Father through Jeuss? “For this [is] the word of promise” (Romans 9:9). What promise? The verse prior says, “That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed” (Romans 9:8). To be counted for the seed is to have received freely of the justification from God. But that is only half of John 17:14. The other half states that “they are not of the world”, which is holy or sanctified living. So, are you participating in worldly ways, even what the Bible declares to be sinful but declaring that such sins are not so bad, or are you shunning the ways of the world, counting every deviation from God’s will as sin?

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (9): 1 Thessalonians 5:23 states, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” The “very God of peace” is peace between us and God where sin does not separate. Therefore, the only way this is possible is to accept the free gift of forgiveness and being justified before God as if we did not sin (Jude 1:24), which is made only possible by our crucified Savior. But the verse also states that our whole spirit, soul, and body are to be kept blameless from that moment forward. That is a call to holy living, and that is a call to live a sanctified life showing that we are not saved only by justification but sanctification as well. So, are you living the blameless, sinless life, or a careless one?

Monday, August 10, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (8): Romans 8:3-4 says, “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” God sent Jesus to justify, wash away our sins, then we are to not walk after the fleshy, inklings, desires that our body crave but after the Holy Spirit that guides us into truth (John 16:13) and convict us of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8), the sanctified or holy life. So, how do you walk after being saved? Claiming to just be saved and still sinning, or walking after the power of the Holy Spirit and not sinning, in fact, even keeping the law?

Sunday, August 09, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (7): Romans 6:15-16 says, “What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Being under grace is the justification, the free forgiveness of our sins, while the yielding afterwards is the choice of sanctification. Will we by choice now choose to continue to sin and die the second death or live an obedient holy life receiving Christ’s righteousness, the sanctification part? What do you choose?

Friday, August 07, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (6): 1 Corinthians 13:6 states, “Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.” The Bible also says, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). Therefore, do not be excited to commit sins (justification) but be excited to obey the truth by obeying the Word of God (sanctification). To “rejoice not” is a polite way of the Bible saying that we ought to hate sin. So, do you hate sin and love to obey God’s Word?

Thursday, August 06, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED IN THAT JUSTIFICATION AND SANCTIFICATION GO TOGETHER (5): 1 John 3:9 says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” “Born of God” is the born-again experience in which Jesus declared to be the repentant experience, which includes asking for forgiveness of our sins. That request is justification. Then once we are justified or “born of God” now, we choose not to sin because it glorifies God to be living sinless by the power of God. The thought of purposely choosing to sin is appalling, hence whey it is said, “he cannot sin”. This is the sanctified life. It is not that we cannot actually do the sin; it is the fact that sin is abhorrent to us, and we would not entertain the thought of sinning. So, are you carelessly sinning, or have you come to the point that sin in all of its levels that humans have created is abhorrent to you?

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED (4): Romans 6:6 states, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” Our past life being crucified is justification because crucifying involves the cross in which “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3). And then by not serving sin, we are now living a sanctified and holy life. Once again, a verse read too quickly misses the call to both the free gift of justification but the demand to be sanctified. In other words, we do not continue sinning, but do you?

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED (3): John 5:14 states, “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” Being made whole is not only a physical healing but, as often was the case, a forgiving of sins. That is justification. No one can earn it. It is a gift. Then Jesus says, and it is said to all who Jesus makes whole, including us, “Sin no more”. That is sanctification. So, while you appreciate that Jesus freely forgives, do you obey His command to go and sin no more by the power of His strength?

Monday, August 03, 2020

TRUTH ABOUT BEING SAVED (2): 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” This is the clearest text revealing the two parts of salvation: justification and sanctification. We are freely justified by Jesus Christ for all the sins we ever committed, as a partial list was provided, but each of us have our own sins that haunt us from the past and can be forgiven of those as well. Now, we do not just say, “Thank you Jesus for saving me” and think we can do as we please for the verse states that upon being saved, the Christian no longer does those things as the phrase “were some of you” is used referring to past tense; it is over; it is not done anymore. So, are you thinking you are saved by justification alone, or are you actually sanctified and have ceased your sinful ways?

Sunday, August 02, 2020

We may interject more gardening applications, but a burden for a new series is upon my heart – grace or justification and sanctification. Every Christian is under grace, but few choose to receive the sanctification part as well, and are then, if missing, are fake Christians, even deceived. We are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8), freely justified or forgiven of our sins (Romans 3:20), but that does not negate obedience (Romans 6:16) to God’s law. And so, this new series of messages is going to reveal the hidden calls to sanctification or holy living, “without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14) because so many people read speedily through those verses without realizing what they mean. So, do you believe in just being saved by grace focusing upon the forgiving part, or do you also believe in the sanctification or holy living part too?

Friday, July 31, 2020

The obvious garden symbol we have not touched is that directly from Jesus. “Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some [seeds] fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold” (Matthew 13:3-8). “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth [it]; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:19-23). Are you the good ground?

Thursday, July 30, 2020

As you know, weeds do not produce fruit. That is why they are removed. The same is true about our relationship with Jesus. “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:16). “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). Without the presence of fruit, “Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?” (Luke 13:7). So, are you fruitful or just cumbering the ground, stealing the blessings?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Love of good plants requires the destruction of weeds. A gardener who loves the plants they desire fruit from cannot allow weeds to stay in the garden. Likewise, Jesus said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10), therefore, to the wicked, “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:49-50). Although God loves everyone, the love shown by the faithful towards God demands that those who continue in their sins be destroyed. The notion that everyone is going to Heaven because God loves everyone is destroyed even in tending to the garden. So, do you serve a God who will allow sinners to be your neighbor for eternity or One who will destroy the unrepentant sinner in hell?

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

As mentioned yesterday, many people build fences or cages around their gardens to keep large creatures out. We too ought to be “hedged … round about” (Matthew 21:33) with the Word of God, even the Ten Commandments. As we adhere to these, we are protected from Satan’s harm through temptation. As we let the hedge break down, we are susceptible to attack. So, how well do you maintain the hedge about you?

Monday, July 27, 2020

The only way to prevent the garden from getting too much sunlight, not enough sunlight, bug attacks, drying out, getting too much rain, animals devouring the plants is to move the garden indoors and even then it is not guaranteed to produce fruit. Most will build fencing around the garden and tend to it often removing the unwanted critters and balancing sun and water. Jesus prayed, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15). Therefore, the garden just taught is that we are to interact with the world but be kept from the evil. So, how are you doing in witnessing to the world a good character and avoiding the evil?

Sunday, July 26, 2020

It is easier to pick weeds in the morning. Some times there is enough moisture to soften the ground without being sopping wet, and before the heat of the day is not upon us. Likewise, starting the day off with morning time with God and doing so before the first crisis of the day strikes is much easier than trying to find time with God when the day is running out of control. So, when do you have time with God every day?

Friday, July 24, 2020

Would you make a way for weeds to enter your garden? That sounds silly of course, but the Bible says, “make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14), which is the same thing. People buy cigarettes when they are trying to quit just for those “weak moments”. People are not careful what they watch or listen to and wonder why they cannot stop the porn addiction, the foul mouth, or getting angry. So, what are you innocently doing that is preparing for a sin, not temptation, to pop up?

Thursday, July 23, 2020

For good plants to grow to the fullest potential, some times they need propped up, tied up, held up, etc. With obedience and good traits, there are things we can do to promote the growth of these as well. We have the Word of God, which should be studied every day, there is praying without ceasing, and much more. So, what are you doing to encourage good behavior in your life?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Do know that some weeds will fight back. Some have weeds have thorns, prickly parts, poison, irritants, and some even spread rapidly upon picking them out at the wrong time. Sin is the same way. Those that try to remove drugs, including caffeine, may turn angry and abusive. Those that cut certain foods out may face severe hunger cravings. Cutting out smoking may rapidly turn into gorging on other things. So, what are you facing or have faced in the removal of sins?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Weeds are easier to pull out of a garden when they are small as opposed to much later when they have really taken root. The same is true with sin. Before they become a habit, they ought to be dealt with and subdued by the grace of God for it is much easier to deal with them at the beginning as opposed to when they are a regular habit. So, are you allowing any sin to be excused thinking they are no big deal right now, or do you deal with sins as soon as you recognize them?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Weeds are greedy and want to take over the whole plot of land. They choke the good plants out. They spread everywhere stealing and encroaching upon that which is fruitful. Therefore, be careful of the allowance of one sin in a person’s life. It will negatively impact other traits that are good. And left go, it will take over the whole soul. So, how much more goodness can you show forth towards God if the weeds of sin are completely removed from your soul by the power and grace of God?

Sunday, July 19, 2020

How many weeds do you tolerate in your garden? In my garden, I tolerate none. That should teach us not to make excuse for a single sin in our life either. So, what sins do you make excuses for?

Friday, July 17, 2020

Some weeds have a tendency to wrap themselves around the desired plants, where, if we are not careful, we will damage the good plants, but if we ignore the weed, the good plants will be choked. We need to be careful in uprooting the sins in our life as well. A person convicted of keeping the true Sabbath, may declare they shall not work on that day anymore, and yet let someone dependent upon them for service on that being in a predicament. It would be our responsibility to the best of our ability to find a solution that allows us to keep the Sabbath while not letting the other person in a bind. Hiring someone else would not be an option, as true Sabbath keeping would not have another person working on the Sabbath day for us. As we said, some sins require delicate separation, yet it has to be done because sin is not permitted to continue on. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). So, just how delicate are you in removing your sins?

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Certain weeds that keep coming back over and over teach us about being tested with the same but more intense temptations to strengthen our characters. What we may have conquered at one level may require a higher level until we have reached the point of overcoming it. So, when certain temptations come around, do you cry unto God and say, “Why Lord?”, or do you appreciate the trust God bestows upon us to handle a more intense temptation in the same area of your life?

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Ever notice from the garden that weeds grow anywhere, while the desired plants require much effort? Sin is also everywhere and easily cultivated, while the righteous works require much effort. So, how much do you cultivate sin in your life through carelessness as opposed to how much effort you put into cultivating righteousness?

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Like sin, the garden reveals that when we remove a tall weed, it can uncover smaller weeds underneath. In fact, under the smaller weeds can be those weeds that grow horizontally, meaning, those that grow across the ground. We are not able to see these until the higher layers are removed. Likewise, certain sins that are removed will reveal further layers of sin underneath. For instance, those that used to take God’s name in vain by using it as a curse word will find out that all of the foul language ought to go too. Upon removing that layer, euphemisms (“kinder words” that mean the same thing as the foul words) ought to go. Then it reveals how ordinary words ought to be carefully used, for instance, the word “sugar” is fine in adding to sweeten food, but it is foul when used in anger – “Oh sugar!” After all of that, it will be discovered that anger is the root of all of those layers and ought to be dealt with. So, how many layers have you uncovered in your life?

Monday, July 13, 2020

From the garden, our tender plants have all kinds of dangers. There is the wind, too much water, too little water, bugs, weeds, and of course animals like rabbits, squirrels, and other rodents. On earth, temptations come from all kinds of sources. There are the strangers, friends, even family members, innocently and not so innocently. There is the media and entertainment with the music, movies, TV, and more. Even people at church can offer various temptations. Therefore, the question to be asked, are you on a vigilant watch against these things or are you carelessly being influenced by them?

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Another lesson from the garden is the mimicking of desired plants. Some weeds will look like good plants, but Jesus tells us, “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20), which weeds do not produce. This also tells us how lies will come so close to the truth but contain still include a lie that is deadly to the Christian. The only ones that will not be deceived, Jesus says, are “the very elect” (Matthew 24:24). Who are they? “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). So, do you study God’s Word deeply on your own, or do you only have the knowledge that a preacher teaches?

Friday, July 10, 2020

After a rainy day, the next day, it seems that the weeds thrive. They seem to thrive in dry or wet times but when it is wet, they seem to sprout a whole lot faster than the desired plants. This teaches us to be careful of feeding our sins. A little hint towards sinning and the sin thrives; temptations get a whole lot stronger. Those that try to quit smoking have to be careful joining up with friends and even relatives who are still smokers because a little whiff of the cigarette or cigar or even pipe scent and the urges come on to light up just one more time. So, how careful are you in not watering your temptations?

Thursday, July 09, 2020

It seems that weeding is basically a daily task to deal with. When one skips a day or two, it seems that the weeds quickly take over. It does not take long at all before things become a lot of work instead of simple maintenance. Regarding sin, no wonder Paul wrote, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31), which is to die to the fleshly desires each and every day. So, do you relax on your commitment against all sins in your life, like on holidays, when you are tired, when you do not feel well, or do you keep up the vigilance each and every day?

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Ever notice a sin keeps coming back over and over? As alluded to yesterday, there is a proper and improper manner of removing weeds or sins. It is important to get to the root. Breaking off any specific weed or sin allows the root to remain and will continue to grow. In fact, the root will continue to go deeper and deeper. Practically speaking, if a person is trying to cut out porn or other sin from their life, a lot more is necessary to get to the root. There are no such things as triggers, despite what the psychiatrists say. It is the root of the issue that contributes to the sin. Going to the pool or beach and seeing undressed people everywhere entices the sin, despite everyone wearing swimsuits. Watching TV or going to the movies containing sexually attractive people acting even fully clothed in suggestive manners entices the sexual sin. Listening to suggestive lyrics also contributes to it. As much as we have control over these things, we need to cut them out as well, but we still have not gotten to the very bottom of the root. The very bottom is self. Selfish desires have to be addressed. More on that at another time. So, just how much of the root are you willing to uproot?

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Ever think of working on getting rid of one sin at a time? The garden tells us not to do it that way. If today we pick clover out of our garden, that means all other weeds will have the upper hand. In fact, by removing just the clover allows the other weeds to spread. Therefore, life’s lesson is to address all of the sinful habits together. We will eventually see how, but for now, are you willing to address all of your known sins at the same time?

Monday, July 06, 2020

We are going to embark on new series of messages. Jesus used nature to relate to the Kingdom of God, and one of the greatest areas to learn a lot of lessons from is that of the garden. Moving on to our first lesson, did you ever notice that in a garden there grows more unwelcomed weeds as compared to the welcomed plants? It is like for every one good plant there are a dozen or more weeds growing around it. That is very comparable to our habits and lifestyle. For every good practice that we could identify, there were many more that were no so good. The key is to rid the soil of all of these bad traits to allow the good plants to grow better, bigger, stronger. Therefore, do not beat yourself up for “He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). Go to the Gardner, “confess our sins,” and “he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, will you let the Gardner remove those unwanted traits, especially the sinful ones and encourage the good ones to grow?

Sunday, July 05, 2020

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). And a lot of people miss the fact that “all of thy mind” includes what we feed it. So, through TV, music, other entertainments, even conversations, what are you feeding your mind, and is it all of your mind surrendered to God, or do you share a little of the worldly influences with godly? Remember, “No man can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24).

Friday, July 03, 2020

Just because things do not go as desired does not justify any bad reactions on our part. As Christians, we are to always be in self-control. “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24) means more than not participating in sin and successfully overcoming temptation. It also means, giving up the right to react as the rest of the world reacts, which is usually adult temper tantrums. So, how do you react to things when they fall apart around you?

Thursday, July 02, 2020

“The LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12:1), “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him” (Genesis 12:4). In everything for God, is your response the same, or do you wait around, investigate it, put it off, etc.?

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Do you want to accomplish more? Do you want to cease sinning? Proverbs 31:27 tells us, “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Actively taking care of the needs of the home, being active in right things from morning until night allows so much to be done, and being busy provides little to no time for the opportunity of sinning. Now if the thoughts and mouth could be controlled too, it would be perfect. So, how busy are you?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Feelings are unreliable, however, not using them makes the activity either an obligation or avoided all together. For instance, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). No one feels like completely obeying the commandments, in fact, most people that keep the commandments keep them in the manner they feel like doing them. To go through life without lying even in the slightest is looked upon as too much to ask, so an allowance for “little lies” are allowed. Looking upon the opposite gender but not touching is now the catch phrase, when Jesus even said not to look upon such in that manner (Matthew 5:28). Those that look at Jesus’ words and without feeling obey the commandments like a robot leaving out the emotion that God wants from us, love, otherwise, He would have created robots. So, do feelings dictate what you do and do not do for God, or are they a motivation to carry out even the tasks that are not so pleasant to carry out?

Monday, June 29, 2020

Why do we disobey God? Selfishness. Have you overcome selfishness? “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Why do so many Christians pit the Bible verses against each other? They claim grace and faith and yet there are countless verses that state obedience, commandment keeping, fruits, and works. If people would only realize that grace and faith strengthen obedience for the verses are connected – not opposed. So, do you exaggerate grace and faith to live in disobedience? Do you exaggerate works cancelling faith and grace? Or by grace through faith do you live in obedience?

Friday, June 26, 2020

According to the Bible, “the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” (Revelation 15:8). That means that during the seven last plagues, we will not be able to come to Christ, therefore, it is best to “confess our sins” now for “he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, are you waiting still to get right with God risking waiting too long?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Bible says, “whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it” (Mark 8:35), yet so many are willing to give up their freedoms for the assurance of being kept safe and they do not care if it treads on other people’s freedom of religious expression. Sadly, they will achieve this “peace and safety” goal eventually, but just for a short while. “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). So, are you in agreement with the governments working towards this short lived “peace and safety” that will fall apart casting many souls into hell, or are you faithful to God by obeying His Word and His Commandments?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Satan rebelled against God’s commandments. Adam and Eve rebelled against God’s commandments. From Moses to the cross, no one kept God’s commandments, and everyone needed grace. Since the cross, it is thought that the problem is with the Ten Commandments so now we just have grace. What nonsense. It is a Christianized way of continuing the rebellion against obeying God’s commandments. So, are you a rebel against God or are you keeping the commandments of God?

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

God punished man with hard labor (Genesis 3:19) and since then man has been trying to undo the correction. In many cases, they have created many consequences. How many of those consequences do you suffer from?

Sunday, June 21, 2020

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). So, if you are a father or are trying to help others raise children, how are you doing in keeping the children calm, especially when they do not get their way?

Friday, June 19, 2020

Ever notice that people take seriously things that ought not be taken seriously, and yet those things that should be taken seriously are dismissed? So, how do you handle the seriousness of eternal life or eternal damnation?

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Do you look every day to find something to praised God about? If not, a person could risk depression.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

You know what is confusing about the judgment? People who think we go to Heaven and Hell upon death in the form of a spirit, soul, or something else. Then what is the judgment for? Is Heaven going to admit to mistakes? Are they not already judged by being in one location or the other? How can people be in Heaven or Hell and yet have a future judgement. The truth of the matter is that we are asleep in the graves, and there is something called the resurrection. It is either to life or damnation (hell) (John 5:29). Besides, we are told, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming” (1 Corinthians 15:22-23). We do not come alive until Christ’s second coming. So, who are you talking to if everyone is asleep in the graves? That is called spiritualism if you are.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

In the second attempt to bring the Ark of the Covenant to the city of David, “when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings” (2 Samuel 6:13), which is equivalent to fifteen feet. Therefore, to be an overcomer of sin, upon waking up, a person should do the bare minimum and then have some time with God in prayer and even Bible study. Afterwards, around fifteen minutes later, offer a quick prayer of something like, “Lord, thank you for keeping me these fifteen minutes; please continue to keep me this day” (Jude 1:24). If a person continues doing that every fifteen minutes, especially when our brains can multitask, how can we fall into sin then? So, how serious are you regarding your sins?

Monday, June 15, 2020

Sinful habits can be broken. What makes a habit is the practice of responding in a certain manner. If a person is stressed, a habit may be lighting up a cigarette, getting an alcoholic drink, even making an allowance to snap at people, etc. If a person feels unloved, they may choose to binge watch TV, eat junk food, abuse their own bodies, etc. What we need to do is “make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14). Not only do we not have packs of cigarettes lying around for the weak moments, but we also plan ahead. Identify a new response for those times because those times are going to come. Therefore, if a person is stressed, they are going to go for a walk, do stretching exercises, etc. instead. When a person is in need of affection, maybe turn to a pet or even gardening, something that directs the care need outward instead of inward. Each person is unique but the bottom line is, we need to plan for our reaction to the triggers. So, will you start your plans right away?

Sunday, June 14, 2020

We are commanded not to commit adultery and many couples do not, or do they? “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). Whenever we compromise the way of God so as to keep a friend or a relative liking us, we commit adultery. So, how often do you commit adultery?

Friday, June 12, 2020

All day long and everywhere around us are object lessons revealing God and His ways, if we would just take time to observe and dwell. These things are around us to keep us focused upon God, but when we look at the wealth to accumulate, the negative side of things, the problems we face, those lessons fade away. So, how observant are you?

Thursday, June 11, 2020

God is not to be trifled with. Some people make promises, not only in time of crisis, as stated before in an earlier post, but also in sinning or the hiding of it. And every time a crisis gets more and more intense, the more the risks are taken with trying to get away with sinning, the same broken promises continue. God, Who can read the heart and knows the future, is not someone to be reasoned with in this manner. If a promise to God is made, keep it. Strive towards it. Put some real effort into it. Otherwise, we are vain in our worship of God. So, are you vain or are you a true worshipper?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Satan and his angels are out to get you and I, but here is a good prayer to pray, “Keep me from the snares [which] they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity” (Psalms 141:9). So, will you take each day as a day to avoid the snares, the temptations to sin?

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). Paul wrote, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof]” (Romans 13:14), and, “[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). In a practical sense, God knows our human nature is weak, so if we are trying to quit smoking, do not supply yourself with a stash in the event of a weak moment. And then, each moment, do not think about what the body is craving, worrying about pigging out on junk food, the probable headaches that will come, the jitters of withdraw, but choose each moment the godly nature way. So, how are your struggles with your sins? Are you easily giving in because of allowances, or do you “deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24), as Jesus said?

Monday, June 08, 2020

There are a lot of things drawing our attention towards activism, participating in marches, etc. There were activists in Jesus’ day but we do not see Him participating in any of it. We see Paul addressing a slave situation in the book of Philemon but doing nothing to end slavery. Righteous movements will arise along with the bad apples in the crowd, but our focus is not to change these political situations. Ours is to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). So, are you staying focused or are you being distracted?

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Being a Christian does not mean life is easier, in fact, it brings on a whole new set of issues – especially from the Devil. Though it may be a challenge to live in complete obedience to all of the knowledge we have personally of God, when we do though, the consequences are on the individuals and not us. When we live in sin and it is found out, then the consequences are on us. If a secretary refuses to lie for their boss, that is on the boss to deal with. If an accountant is embezzling, that is on the accountant. So, how do you live?

Friday, June 05, 2020

In this day and age, there is nothing one can trust. The news media lies to us, and with technology today, we cannot even trust the pictures, the videos, or anything as all of it can be so precisely generated artificially. There is something and Someone though we can trust. “In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Psalms 56:4). So, where is your trust?

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Is eternal life important to you? Just how much time do you consider it, think about it? “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Again, is it important to you at all?

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Here is a positive way at looking at the tenth commandment, which says, “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that [is] thy neighbour's” (Exodus 20:17). Where it says “not covet”, learn to be content. Be content with your own house. Be content with your own spouse. Be content with the things you have. The faster we learn contentment, the less stress will be in our daily life. So, how content are you?

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Some people, especially those in the “lower class” declare that it is so much easier to obey Jesus if they were wealthy, famous, or even had an important job. Satan was wealthy being decked with precious gems (Ezekiel 28:13). His position was at the throne of God, being the most important and highest of all possible positions to hold (Ezekiel 28:14). He had the greatest singing voice (Ezekiel 28:13). He was definitely famous and had the attention of all of the angels. In fact, technically, he even had eternal life, but chose to throw it all away just because he could not be God (Isaiah 14:12-14). So, right where you are in life, will you “love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him” (Deuteronomy 11:22)?

Monday, June 01, 2020

So many people play games with God, or at least try to, not knowing that He is not one of us. People make promises while in tight situations, and then break their promises once delivered. People sin, confess, do the same sin again, confess the same sin, etc. as if years of that practice somehow is acceptable to God. People will know that they are not to indulge in a sin, go ahead sin though thinking all they have to do is confess it at some point. And there are many, many other games people play. No wonder the warning message before Jesus shows up states, “Fear God!” (Revelation 14:7) because currently, there is no respect towards God. So, do you fear God or not?

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sin separates us from God (Numbers 19:9), so how can we say that we shall continue in our sins where even one sin separates us, no matter the size in our mind?

Friday, May 29, 2020

We are told, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), and “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). Jesus also said, “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). So, where is your faith? Do you have enough faith in works of walking sinless or not?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

When we start off a spiritual declaration with “My God” or “My Jesus”, then know sure well we have created our own god and called him God or Jesus, but it is not God or Jesus. We are told, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). Even David penned, “I trust in thy word” (Psalms 119:42). Jesus commanded, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” (John 5:39). So, is your belief scripturally supported or are you above the Bible?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

When truth is presented, why are so many people bent on avoiding it, not doing, not submitting to it? Jesus said four different ways that influential people would arise “and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4, 5, 11, 24). He also said, “broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). And we are told, “they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3). Basically, deceivers would arise that speak exactly what people want to hear, mainly an easy gospel, and are willing to be deceived. Are you willing?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Bible says, “There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please [her] husband” (1 Corinthians 7:34). This is a spiritual application and not a physical one, where to be a virgin is to be where the gospel “espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2). Read properly, we are engaged and not married yet. Marriage comes at “the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:9). But, “the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to [her] husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of [her] husband” (Romans 7:2), referring to Satan as our husband as long as we live in sin and care for the things of the world. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, are you engaged to Christ and Satan is dead in your life, or is Satan alive and well still and we cannot be engaged to Christ?

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Bible says, “Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18), and “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). So, do you think you can enter into any place of sinning and not be affected, or do you recognize that the purposeful stepping into such places is actually the sin of presumption?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

According to the Christian “love” chapter of 1 Corinthians 13, if a person truly loves God, they will “rejoiceth in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6). But so many excuse away the truth. They say that it is just a word that means “Jesus”. Though Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), truth is also God’s Word, the scriptures (John 17:17). People further say, “No one has the truth.” Nonsense! If that were the case, the Bible would not have survived this long, and Jesus would not have been quoting scripture stating “of a truth” (Luke 4:25). What it comes down to is that “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:10). In other words, most people do not rejoice or love the truth and will be lost “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, do you love the truth?

Friday, May 22, 2020

We are told to be “not easily provoked” (1 Corinthians 13:5). So, do little things in life irritate you?

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Time is not something we control. Time is what we use. Time shall pass no matter what, and we cannot speed it up or slow it down. In fact, we hardly can allot time segments to different tasks. One phone call, one unexpected situation, and all of our plans are off. All we can do is choose to use time in the right manner. So, when Jesus said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward” (Luke 12:42), that is not just money management; that includes using time wisely. So, are you a faithful and wise steward?

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A crisis reveals who people really are. Those that horde are out for self-survival. Those that are willing to do anything, including giving up freedoms, are our betrayers. Those that grab for the guns and protest are our angry mobs that can easily ignite a physical conflict. On every side we have people who are reacting badly. The question is, are you reacting in a meek and gentle spirit remaining in self-control having faith in God because you have the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Promises made that cannot be kept actually receive Heaven’s condemnation: “let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matthew 5:37). People should be able to take a person at their word. When we follow up with, “Just kidding”, we are undermining our own trustworthiness, which is exactly what Satan wants. So, how is your communication with others? Do they have to ask, “Are you joking?”

Monday, May 18, 2020

To trust in the Lord is to obey Him for here is a woman that did the opposite: “She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God” (Zephaniah 3:2). Putting it in the positive, if a person wants a close relationship with God and declare that they trust in God, they will then obey the voice of the Lord, which is written in the Word of God, and receive His correction. How many movies or TV series is based on this concept of trusting equally obeying? In the show, there is a rescue situation. The victim is paralyzed with fear. The rescuer calls to the victim, “Trust me”, and then tells the victim what to do even if the victim is scared and thinks it is not going to work. So, do you receive God’s Word and trust it even if you do not understand it or think it is outdated?

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Did you know that the real antichrist will attempt to change God’s law? Daniel 7:25 says, “And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.” Did you know that there is something worse than antichrist? It is called the “[spirit] of antichrist” (1 John 4:3). And the spirit of antichrist, which is in almost all ministers works against Christ’s commandments by telling everyone they have been nailed to the cross, and by telling everyone not to take the scriptures as the true words of God. Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23), and “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). He also warned, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). So, do you love Jesus and keep His Word and the Ten Commandments, or are you listening to the spirit of Antichrist who diminishes the Word and Commandments?

Friday, May 15, 2020

In Jesus’ address about the signs of His coming, He mentions each sign once, but there is one warning He gave four times: “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4), “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5), “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11), and “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24). And yet, people do not care what they believe. The deceptions are here. We have people deceiving with false signs and healings, many claiming to be Christian and are not, etc. The one standard that can reveal the deceptions that even Christians disregard is the Bible. So, are you holding your preacher to God’s standards of God’s Word, or are you just being led into deception?

Thursday, May 14, 2020

According to the Bible, Christians are to “thinketh no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:5). Temptation is one thing, but to be thinking of a dirty jokes to tell, to be fantasying sin in any manner, to having even angry thoughts towards another, to coveting what others have even in the form of the “rich get richer”, etc., are all characteristics that a Christian ought not to have. “As he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 23:7). So, who are you?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Bible says, “but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11). Sin is a childish thing. So, have you put away sin?

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Many who are poor are jealous of the rich while many who are rich are snobs, yet there are those that are quite content being poor or rich without being or inciting jealousy. Each of us have been born into or maybe crawled into where we are in life. It is what we do with what we have that determines our final destination. If we do nothing wishing we had more, we shall be considered unfaithful, and we shall remain where we are. If we have more and do nothing productive for God, we still will be considered unfaithful. The more a person has, the more they are responsible for. So, how responsible are you with what you have?

Monday, May 11, 2020

We owe everything we have to God. How responsible are you with the things He has provided?

Sunday, May 10, 2020

A lot of Christians say that they do not follow the scriptures, despite Jesus doing so in His day, because men wrote it, but they seem to be quick to follow church traditions. One has stayed consistent while the other has changed over time to fit what is and is not acceptable in society, what leadership can and cannot impose, etc. So, would you rather follow a changing practices, which do not reflect God’s character, or one that stays true over time reflecting that God shall “change not” (Malachi 3:6) and is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8)?

Thursday, May 07, 2020

So, if the prophets declared that the words of scripture are from God, not in dictation manner but through seeing visions and dreams from Heaven more than having bad dreams because of eating too late in the evening, and we reject those writings, given the number of generations that lived on earth and choosing to follow traditions, does that not mean man has created God? It sure does. Therefore, to submit to the ancient scripture that even Jesus told us to do in John 5:39 is to have God dictate to us. To reject the scriptures and do what our parents taught and their parents taught is to have man dictate to us. So, which do you submit to? Scriptures claimed to be guided by the Holy Spirit? Traditions set forth by human beings evident in the mixture of some scripture truth and a whole lot of twisted paganism making up a Christian excuse to follow it? Or whatever you feel is right who has a poor track record of being right all of the time?

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

How far will Jesus go to save a sinful person? Hebrews 7:25 says, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” So, how far have you gone away from God? Is it uttermost?

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Jesus says, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9), therefore there is no such thing as going too far from God, so all of us need to repent and stay in repentance mode believing we have been delivered from our sins. So, have you been delivered or do you believe the satanic lie that your life is hopeless?

Monday, May 04, 2020

Any denomination that ignores the Bible ignores eternal life too because that is how we know about eternal life. Any denomination that ignores portions of scriptures that shows a stricter discipline will be found on the broad road that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13). But are you ignoring anything God is trying to tell you?

Sunday, May 03, 2020

James 2:10-12 says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.” Clearly this is in reference to the Ten Commandments. Clearly God is going to use the Ten Commandments for judging everyone. So, are you liberated from sin or are you still in bondage thinking even the fact that you are saved so the Ten Commandments have no bearing on your life?

Friday, May 01, 2020

Keep in mind that “the end of all things is at hand” (1 Peter 4:7) but it is also the beginning of “all things new” (Revelation 21:5). We ought to be looking excitedly that there is coming an end to sin and death and the beginning of obedience and life. So, do end time events make you personally sad or happy?

Thursday, April 30, 2020

“Let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God” (Hebrews 6:1). “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17). “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:20) “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26). So, what do your actions say about your faith?

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The most important book that we ought to worry about is called the Book of Life. Are you sure your name is in it? If not, there is no entrance to Heaven!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Jesus said, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14). So, are you Jesus friend living according to His commandments, or have you made an excuse to not keep the commandments or even the Word of God and still think you are His friend?

Monday, April 27, 2020

False security is no security at all. Trusting in others to provide creates a master and servant relationship, which is not good, as the master can turn on the servant at any time. So, are you seeking eternal security from One who will never turn on you if you depend upon Him, or are you satisfied with the false security this world has to offer hoping the earthly relationship will not cease or be abused?

Sunday, April 26, 2020

When Jesus said, “Take ye away the stone” (John 11:39) from the dead man Lazarus’ grave, that is an object lesson for us as we have all been “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). And so, to be resurrected spiritually in this life, God says to us, “take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26). So, will you allow God to take away the stone of pride, the unwillingness to change, in front of your heart?

Friday, April 24, 2020

Some people wonder why a simple verse is looked at in a different manner, even a spiritual manner. The disciples in a boat crossing the sea and a storm comes up physically did happen, but we look at it as the storm is the chaos of the world, the sea being the people, the disciples incorporating all followers, and the boat being God’s protection for us. It is because Jesus taught us so in parables. In Jesus’ teaching, he took the physical to represent the spiritual. Sheep and goats are not going to Heaven and Hell, but those that follow God through His Word will while professed Christians who do not follow God through His Word will not. “And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear [it]” (Mark 4:33). And this is how the Bible comes alive for us today. So, do you even open the Bible? Do you just surface read? Or do you dig deep into the spiritual aspects?

Thursday, April 23, 2020

At first, a parent appreciates a child coming into the house with a bouquet of flowers, but it turns quickly into disappointment when we find out that the flower picking came from the newly planted flowers next door. Not every way that we offer our love to God is acceptable either. Cain found that out really quickly. But God states, “For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8). The only way we shall know God’s way is how it is revealed in His Word. So, how much effort do you put into knowing God’s way?

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

We must remember that if we trust in God, He is also in charge of our time if we are giving all diligence to the proper use of it and not wasting it, therefore, to get frustrated with things not going as planned is actually to blame God for what is going on in our life. So, how easily frustrated are you when plans get thwarted?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

When the Bible encourages that we ought to ask God for knowledge (2 Chronicles 1:11), that is to know the answers on a test, how to solve a problem, become a neurosurgeon. The knowledge bestowed is that of knowing God’s way revealed through the scriptures (Proverbs 2:5, Colossians 1:10). So, do you pray for such knowledge, or do you just keep the Bible closed?

Monday, April 20, 2020

What is important to God in our life is what the devil will frustrate us into giving up, but will you stay the course, will you keep in mind that “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17)?

Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Bible says, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise” (Psalms 57:7). To be fixed is to be saved. Instead of sinning heart, it now loves God’s righteous ways. The tunes throughout the day will be that of singing praises to God. Gone will be the music that does not. Therefore, remembering rock, rap, all of it is actually not beneficial to the soul. In fact, it does the unfixing. The more we hum in our minds songs that uplift God the more we are uplifted and do not sin. The more we sing of other types of songs, the more worldly we become and sin. So, what tunes are in your mind? Sex, drugs, and rock and roll? Or hymns?

Friday, April 17, 2020

1 John 4:8 tells us that “God is love”, yet, “the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it” (Isaiah 13:9). How can these opposites exist? Easy. God loves the righteous way and is willing to overlook years of sin upon repentance, yet, Heaven would be a miserable place for the unrepentant. If He were to show up and simply say, “You and you who are unrepentant, you are no more” or worse, “You are simply excused without repentance” would show that He does not love the righteous, the converted, the holy way of life. It is through His anger unrestrained that He comes in defense of the righteous. Besides, this will be a rare moment: “he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act” (Isaiah 28:21). It is strange. It is not what we expect. So, are you on the righteous side or promoting unrighteousness?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

While Daniel was in the lion’s den, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt” (Daniel 6:22). Then we are told, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil can also have no hurt upon us and even able to have his mouth full of temptations shut, but what is the requirement? We must be with innocency in us. The opposite of being innocent is being guilty. James 2:10 says this about being guilty: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.” Therefore, to be innocent, we must stop sinning, which “sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). So, are you still bothered over and over by certain temptations, it could be the sins being excused in your life?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

When 1 Corinthians 13:7 states, “believeth all things”, it is regarding God’s Word and not the lies of humans. That means, even among Christians, we have to stop picking apart the Bible. By stating, ”Well, things are different now”, “That was just for the Jews”, “That was just for the Corinthians”, “Revelation is too hard to understand”, etc., we are not believing all things then. So, what do you fail to believe regarding the Word of God?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Many people study long and hard and even often regarding their investments. The same is true with college students to get the grade they need. People memorize the starting lineup of their favorite sports team along with the many detailed statistics. But just how many really know their Bibles? Do you?

Monday, April 13, 2020

During a crisis, some people will see the issues of the crisis and guess at what will happen next, usually in an exaggerated and negative manner. By focusing upon only the negative outcomes, it compounds the crisis making it too overwhelming to deal with. For instance, a business that chooses to cut all paid overtime, some may then conclude that the business is going to have to take more drastic measures by laying off people, and if they do that, we might be one of them, and if we are, then we cannot pay the mortgage, and if we cannot pay the mortgage we are going to go bankrupt, therefore, today, while still employed, let us put up the house for sale! There are at least three problems with that. First, it leaves out God working in our favor. Second, it makes assumptions that may not follow that path. Third, the suggested activity is usually not smart. Do you know that if a person has not paid down the house enough that they will actually have to pay far more money at closing and will never recoup in lower house payments in a reasonable amount of time? To sell a house costs thousands of dollars in hopes to save a hundred or two hundred dollars monthly. Jesus clearly taught “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). Sure, cut out the unnecessary expenses, but do not go crazy on that either, as it may cause other problems as well. Now, God needs rational Christians in a time of crisis so that the world can look to them to see the security that is in Jesus. Can you be one of those people?

Sunday, April 12, 2020

When we receive the truth in the form of the true gospel, it is not for selfishly saving ourselves. We are to give it to others then. “The words of a man's mouth [are as] deep waters, [and] the wellspring of wisdom [as] a flowing brook” (Proverbs 18:4). “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8). “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38). So, does the truth flow like rivers of living waters from you to others, springing up into everlasting life from you to others as those that come to a well, given freely to others, be as a flowing brook to others?

Friday, April 10, 2020

The Bible principle of “by beholding, we are changed” is based upon 2 Corinthians 3:18, which says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.” This is also true of beholding the Word of God. The more we spend time in the Word of God and less in what the world has to offer in entertainment, the more we will be like Christ, which is supposed to be the goal. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, proportionately speaking, how much time do you give the Word of God as compared to vegging out in front of the TV or other entertainment?

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Everyday we basically go through the routine of what is known as a day. We wake up, do the things needed to be done, and go to sleep. In that time, do we stop and look for the power of God? Every blooming plant should reveal this for how can a little seed become so much larger and beautiful? If we do not stop and recognize the power of God, when we face a crisis, we will not recognize God’s power to get through it either, and that is a scary place to be. So, do you stop and admire God’s power periodically throughout the day, even in having the right words to speak that even amazes ourselves?

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Do we look at Jesus’ lessons in nature to encourage us today? Those parables extend beyond His day. The sheep, goats, judges, lilies, fields, pasture gates, and much more are all to speak to our hearts. So, are you listening, or are you too much in a hurry getting to all of your destinations in life?

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

During a crisis, everyone looks to see how they can survive first, while true Christians look to see how they can help others, especially with knowing the gospel. So, where is your focus?

Monday, April 06, 2020

Hype in prophecy is when we look too much at the details of the activities around and get distracted from the goal. During this crisis, people are focusing upon the potential for martial law, movements of the military, even the installation of 5G stations. What does that matter in prophecy? We are not able to stop those things. Our focus ought to be upon the setting up of the Mark of the Beast, the image being erected, and the Beast gaining authority for the world to follow. So, where is your focus in prophecy? On unimportant ancillary movements or on the end game?

Sunday, April 05, 2020

Satan hounds people to give up the following of God, “but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22) and stated again, “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). So, are you enduring or simply giving into sinning?

Friday, April 03, 2020

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). So, how much effort are you putting into the fight?

Thursday, April 02, 2020

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Will you act now, or will you continue to take the risk that you will still have opportunity ahead?

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Yet, another month has begun. What will you do with this month? Will you be an overcomer? Will sin finally be put away by the grace of God? It is our choice. What choices are you planning on making?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Though no one can make us sin, we can lead people into sinning. In fact, Jesus said regarding the influence of children, “whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). So, are you leading people into sinning, even in the slightest, or away from sinning, even towards God?

Monday, March 30, 2020

Being a fan of something usually means that people will talk a lot about it. A fan of a sports team will talk up that team they are a fan of to others and even brag. A fan of a hobby will share the details of that hobby with others. So, do you talk up God to others?

Sunday, March 29, 2020

We seem to miss something when we are not allowed to have it, but if we would look upon things as not being good for us, we ought to be relieved instead. So, how do you approach the Christian life, the new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), the living for God (Galatians 2:20) lifestyle? That you cannot have something? Anything goes so it does not matter? Or thank God for withholding from me that which is not good for me?

Friday, March 27, 2020

Prophecies of the Bible are not to frighten us nor to put us into survival mode to start hoarding things. It is to prepare us spiritually and to go to work seriously to save souls. So, what is your reaction to the current crisis?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

1 John 3:3 says, “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” That is our reaction to the hope that we have – we purify ourselves. Everything that leads away from imperfection, we discard. The movies, the TV, the music, foods, conversations, what friends have influence over us, the places of entertainment, etc. are all discarded if we are serious about purifying ourselves by the grace of God. So, are you serious about that hope or are you still influenced by the world?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The issue is not usually in the physical but beyond. The Coronavirus is not the issue; it is our reaction towards it. We have hoarders on one side creating panic because they are causing unnecessary shortages and the government on the other side controlling everything. The person that gets hurt is the law-abiding ones because if a person does not go along with the majority under a crisis, mob rules and pressures. Those that simply buy what they need are bullied by the hoarders, and some hoarders will stop at nothing to get what they want. “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). That is the only way we are going to maintain our Christian character. So, are you fully dressed in the armor of God?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Bible says, “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient…” (1 Timothy 1:9). This does not mean that the law has been done away with, rather it means it still exists. In fact, those that think the commandments have been done away with need to rethink that position. Those that are “lawless” are the ones who think there is no law, but the law was made for those people. The reason it is not made for the righteous man is because to be righteous is to be in obedience to the law. Just as the speed limit is posted on the roads, it is not for those that keep the speed limit but for those that go over the speed limit in which they can be pulled over, be referred to the posted signs, and a ticket given. So, are you a lawless and disobedient Christian or a righteous, obedient Christian?

Monday, March 23, 2020

Romans 6:16 says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” And Peter stated, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). So, when the government, especially under a crisis, makes laws that are against God and His ways, what will your response be?

Sunday, March 22, 2020

In the days of a crisis, we ought not be looking to see how we survive physically but rather, while people are in a panic and think this is the end of the world, bring the scriptures, the everlasting gospel to them. So, are you actively fighting over store items, or seeking to save the lost?

Friday, March 20, 2020

We are told “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25). That means that it is not sufficient to just believe alone. We are to gather together with like believers especially in the last generation. So, do you think you are fine all by yourself, or do you seek to assemble with like believers?

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Jesus said, “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39). This is not a time to seek for long term survival stock piling food, getting guns, etc. This is the time to share the gospel as they are most opened to it. So, what is your focus during this crisis?

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

As people horde stuff because of the pandemic, just remember, “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30). That is not just about clothing. Everything is going to burn up. So, what are you investing your time and money into?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

“Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken” (Luke 21:26), but “I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalms 91:2). That is not to say there is nothing for me to do. What it means is that my anxiety is not going to get the best of me. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). All of the anxiety is not going to get me through the crisis. Only a calm and peaceful spirit will. So, are you out of control as each and every day’s news report seems to be getting worse and worse, or do you “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2)?

Monday, March 16, 2020

Let me share with you the verse that Jesus states He comes twice back to this world, one secretly and the other for the rest of the world. Ready? Here it is… (blank). There is none. Jesus simply said, “I will come again” (John 14:3). And before the council, He said, “then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30). There is only one opportunity to be ready for the second coming for “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him” (Revelation 1:7). So, are you counting on being raptured out of here before the world completely falls apart? Are you relying on the opportunity that if you miss the second coming that you still have opportunity for the global one? Or, are you preparing for the one and only return of Jesus?

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Jesus said, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). To endure something is not a moment in time; it is a long struggle. No wonder Paul wrote, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). It is a daily struggle from now until the end fighting the desire to do what the world offers and give up eternal life. Jesus also said, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (Luke 13:24). That too shows there is a struggle. Paul endured until the end stating, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). So, how is your fight going, or are you relying upon some words you confessed years ago?

Friday, March 13, 2020

No matter how vile we have been, Jesus can say these words to us upon repentance: “To day, Shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43), not that “today” will we be in paradise but that He can assure us “today” that at the day of resurrection, we will be there. So, have you repented (stopped sinning) today? “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31).

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Sin is like a virus in which it is contagious. When Christians see sin happening, they ought to be like Joseph and run (Genesis 39:12), instead, many linger around like David (2 Samuel 11:2) and are further tempted and usually give in. As Christians, we need to also wash frequently, as in, “the washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5:26). So, are you doing everything to protect yourself from the virus of sin?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The point to be made about the thief on the cross is that no matter how vile we are, no matter what moment of our life it is, we can come to Jesus, repent, be forgiven, and given eternal life. So, have you repented of your sins and live that repentance every day, or are their sins you rather not let go yet?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Luke wrote, “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake” (Luke 21:11-12). With the pestilences of bugs and sicknesses happening that the media has hyped up, a real threat or not, the next thing the world is working towards is losing their minds and simply persecuting true believers for the sake of dealing with these things. So, are you out of control and will do anything to stave off the issues facing us, or are you aware of these things and bracing for persecution?

Monday, March 09, 2020

All of the politics that is happening with trying to get the president out of office is just for show. It is a distraction. Jesus never taught us to worry about who is in office. God “removeth kings, and setteth up kings” (Daniel 2:21). We ought to be able to say, “I must be about my Father's business” (Luke 2:49) just as Jesus said. So, what business are you in? Political or godly works, which is about sharing the gospel?

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Sin is like a piece of rotten fruit sitting in a bowl of fruit. If it is not removed right away, it spreads to other pieces, and it even begins to spread rapidly until the whole bowl needs to be thrown away. So, what excuse do you have to allow a little sin in your life?

Friday, March 06, 2020

As mentioned at the start of the week on March 1st, this particular month matches God’s creation week of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (preparation day), and Sabbath. That means it is the anniversary day of the week that God had created Adam and Eve along with all of the animals today. And after naming all of the animals, one of the next things that happened was the welcoming in of the Sabbath at sunset for “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3). And later in time, God would write down this eternal commandment referring to this day of the week from creation, not a pointing forth to the cross, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:8-11). Before there was a Jew, in fact our first parents enjoying the first Sabbath was to keep (not make) the holy day in which God set up during creation week and keep it all the day long, not treating as simply a day we go to church. That day of the week has never changed from its holiness despite looking like any other day of the week. But, “I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I [am] the LORD that sanctify them” (Ezekiel 20:12) “And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I [am] the LORD your God” (Ezekiel 20:20). So, have you been sanctified by God? That means since you have been saved, you will be keeping His Sabbath. If you are not, then you have not been saved, ignorance of course is a different matter (Acts 17:30), but if purposely not keeping it, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4).

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Sin is like cancer. It starts out small but then it continues to grow until the body completely shuts down. In excusing a little sin here and a little there, we do not realize that our spiritual relationship begins to shut down. Eventually, if allowed to grow unchecked, our entire spiritual body will shut down to the point we do not recognize sin to be sinful anymore. So, how much cancer is allowed to grow in your body?

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The nation of Israel today is much like those who decided to take the Promised Land at their own time. Those people defied the punishment of wandering in the desert for 40 years by trying to force their way into the Promised Land. God not being with them, and they lost (Numbers 14:40-45). Jesus said, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:43). That was done in 34 AD. In 70 AD, Daniel’s prophecy of desolation was fulfilled when the Romans decimated Israel and scattered the Jews (Daniel 9:26). In 1948, the modern Jews defied these things and formed a nation that we call Israel. To believe they are still God’s people is to support their defiance. So, are you caught up in the hype of the end time scenario involving Antichrist battling Israel, or do you see the true application of those events even playing out now against God’s true people, Christians, spiritual Israel?

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Sin is like weight gaining weight. A little nibble here and a little nibble there and all of a sudden, we are twenty pounds heavier than when we first began to nibble. A little allowance of sin here and a little there and all of a sudden, we are not caring so much about daily prayer time, daily time in God’s Word, going to church, and even beginning to allow bigger sins into our life. It is time to lose weight in a drastic way. It is time to go on a diet from sinning. No more snacking in between meals. No more excused little sins. So, how much in weight of sinning are you doing?

Monday, March 02, 2020

The word “temperance” addresses being in self-control regarding those things that are allowed to be partaken of. This is not permission to partake a little of those things that we ought not have at all. We are allowed to work but overworking is not self-control. We are allowed to eat but gluttony is not self-control. In fact, we are allowed to worship God, but to do so for sixteen hours a day neglecting daily necessities is not self-control. So, how much in self-control are you in?

Sunday, March 01, 2020

This month has the days of the week matching the original creation week where, on the first day, which started Saturday night at sunset and will end today at sunset, “God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5). “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof” (Revelation 21:23). Each day is guided by the Light. Are you guided by the Light?

Friday, February 28, 2020

A Christian ought to be able to say, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), but how many do? Christians who partake of sexual innuendos is certainly not thinking as Jesus would think. So, where is your mind at?

Thursday, February 27, 2020

People say, “Life is what you make it.” This is true about eternal life as well. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). What do you choose? To continue sinning and serve yourself, or do you choose obedience and serve God?

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The world seems to have a higher standard than Christians. Being lazy, small “little” thefts, lateness, being rude to customers like using foul words, etc. are all subject to reprimand, but in the Church, Christians seem to think nothing of using foul words, getting violently angry with fellow believers, and just being a poor representation of what a Christian is to be, yet, there is no reprimand, including disfellowship. On top of that, the person thinks they are still saved. It is no wonder Christianity is on the decline. Who would want to be a Christian when the world holds to higher standard? So, are you disappointing the ultimate boss, God, or do you strive to live according to His standards by the grace of God, which “are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation” (1 Peter 1:5)?

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

There are so many Christians that believe they are “saved” despite the Bible saying, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22), which means, “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). It is a daily relationship of which I may choose to not die to myself, and I will be lost. We cannot go around cancelling scripture based on what appears to be a few verses that make it so easy to be saved for Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). So, are you part of the many claiming eternal salvation forever without ever being lost, or are you enduring each and every day?

Monday, February 24, 2020

Ever hear of the phrase, “I have nothing”? This phrase is frequented in movies to state that they have no come back, no idea for a solution, no rebuttal, no anything. In reality, they are right. We bring nothing into the world. We contribute nothing to being justified before God. We can take nothing out of this world. Who we are, our relationship with Him, and where we are going is very much dependent upon Him. In fact, in our response to being saved by even keeping the commandments, a sanctification process, is that “when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do” (Luke 17:10). Will you strive to be unprofitable and not simply causing a loss?

Sunday, February 23, 2020

“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:4). God even goes as far as saying to people who claim, “I am saved”, but do not keep the commandments of God, including the seventh day Sabbath, is a liar. Therefore, anyone still sinning and claiming to be saved are actually lost. Commandment keeping is a result of saved relationship and not an earning of salvation. So, do past the test of the results of being saved? Do you as a result of being saved keep God’s commandments, or are you like many other people claiming to be saved and still have a foul mouth, destroy the body with food and drink or smoking or something else, view and listen to sinful content, lose your temper unnecessarily, etc.?

Friday, February 21, 2020

If a person loses money, it can be reimbursed. If a person loses an article of clothing, it can be replaced. If a person wastes time, it can not be gotten back. It is lost forever. Staying up later or getting up earlier does not make up for lost time. So, just how much time do you waste in your life?

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Moses chose “rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). Personally, we ought to suffer the temptation being like Christ who suffered the temptations, especially in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11). We ought to strive against these temptations instead of giving in and enjoying the moment of satisfaction now as opposed to holding out for eternal enjoyment. So, which enjoyment do you prefer? Instant but momentary or eternal that we have to wait for?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

You may have heard in times past, “To each their own”, but Jesus says, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). So, are you letting people to just believe whatever they want, or are you looking to interject the gospel truth into conversation?

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The most stupid act that a person can perform is to throw away Heaven for momentary pleasure, be it for food, drink, entertainment, pleasure, etc. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26). So, are you throwing away Heaven, or is Heaven cheap enough by giving up those things?

Monday, February 17, 2020

Just how important is the thing you are after? Some think excelling in a career is important surpassing their basic needs but yet taking so much time to achieve. Some think collecting items as a hobby requiring time and lots of money is an accomplishment. Do we not realize that when eternity begins, none of these things will matter? No one is going to care if you collected every baseball card. No one is going to care that you made it to the executive suite. Yes, we may enjoy things of life. Yes, we may seek after employment to survive, but seeking after a proper relationship with God and helping others to have the same is what should demand our time and money. So, how do you spend your time and money?

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Many people worship God in a pagan way. Oh, I am not talking about using idols to worship God as some do or other religions that state we all serve the same God. I am referring to Christians in general. Many Christians go to church between one and three hours one day a week. Then the rest of the time, including the day they go to church on, is for whatever purpose they deem. When God said to keep holy the Sabbath day, He was not declaring a day to show up in church. That is purely an appeasement act as if God is a pagan God. In fact, some denominations call it a sin if a person does not show up. It is the day that is to be kept holy. One day a week is to be kept holy. Going to church is just one thing to do on God’s holy day. So, do you treat God as a pagan God that needs appeasing every so often, or do you cease from all of your labor all of the day and cease from “doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight” (Isaiah 58:13)?

Friday, February 14, 2020

God is to be first (Isaiah 41:4) in all of our life, yet so many Christians use the word EXCEPT. Except if my spouse does not agree. Except if it means I would lose my family. Except if it means I must give up every single sin. Except, except, except. That means that God is not first. God is to guide our eating, entertainment, drinking, goals, every aspect of life. So, does God guide or are their exceptions in your life?

Thursday, February 13, 2020

So many preachers have predicted events or results of scenarios and they have failed, yet, so many people continue to follow these preachers despite the preacher saying, “God showed me”, “God told me”, etc. Is God wrong? Of course not. “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deuteronomy 18:22). So, are you guilty of following someone that God tells us not to follow?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

People say, “Is God going to keep me out of Heaven over a little thing?” Well, it must not be a little thing if they are not willing to give it up? So, what are you willing to give up Heaven so you can continue to enjoy your little sin?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Statistically, over half of the United States will participate in a pagan day called Valentine’s Day. Just how many are thinking about their love to Jesus? How about you? Everyday, Jesus asks, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Monday, February 10, 2020

Everyone that believes that we all worship the same God does not understand the Bible. Cain’s worship was rejected (Genesis 4:5). At the time of Elijah, he only worshipped the true God while 450 priests did not (1 Kings 18:22). Even the group with David were rejected for worshipping incorrectly and a man was killed by God for doing so (2 Samuel 6:1-8). God explicitly states, “Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them” (Exodus 23:24), yet most other religions believe in doing just that. Jesus even said, “in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9), where even obedience under the wrong commandments is rejected worship from God. In fact, Jesus said further, “God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24), therefore, any old style or method or even reference to God will not do. So, just how accepting are you of everyone’s beliefs?

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Home is where we are to escape from the world, yet so many households allow Satan to infiltrate the premise. David wrote, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3). Isaiah wrote, “He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil” (Isaiah 33:15). So, just how much evil do you permit into your home through TV, the Internet, the radio?

Friday, February 07, 2020

Home is supposed to be a safe haven from sin and the worldly ways. It is true that in the world these things exist, and we need to interact with the world (Matthew 5:14) to be the light to the world and the salt of the earth as well (Matthew 5:13). We are to influence the world. But in our homes, we ought to block out as much as possible from coming in. And the worst intruder in most homes is the TV and other electronic devices. So, do you allow the world to influence your home, or is it a safe haven from the world?

Thursday, February 06, 2020

When we are exposed to sin through no efforts of our own, God will protect us from the influence, but when we choose to view, listen, or just be exposed to sin by our choices, that protection is lifted. We are to “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). “God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). There is no reason to purposely submit ourselves to sin. So, what sin do you have control over from being exposed but choose not to take that escape that God provides?

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Those that want to find the truth will for the Bible says, “Seek, and ye shall find” (Matthew 7:7). “If from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (Deuteronomy 4:29). “Ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). So, are you seeking?

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Since when did Jesus come to save only Jews? Since when did God set up rules only for the Jews? And then today, we think we can lie, cheat, steal, basically do whatever we want and be saved. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). God’s rules are eternal. That is what He used with Adam and Eve, and that is what He uses to judge throughout time and eternity. God says to all, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” (Hebrews 8:10). The Jewish nation or the nation of Israel was set up to convert people from the worldly and even pagan ways to become subject to God’s way, His commandments. They did a lousy job, but individually, as long ago, has the law been placed into your mind and heart being one of His people, or are you rejecting His law and not being one of His people?

Monday, February 03, 2020

The sneaky part of frustration is that it usually is not recognizable as it builds slowly, and then once it builds to a recognizable level, a person usually lets loose. But that is not how someone with the Spirit ought to handle frustration for the Bible says, “I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection” (1 Corinthians 9:27). So, do you let frustrations get the best of you, or do you surrender your reaction to God and stay in self-control

Sunday, February 02, 2020

In 1 Samuel 15, if there is anything we ought to have learned, it is that God is exact. God, Who “change not” (Malachi 3:6), expects us to carry out His commands exactly as He says they are to be done. For instance, He commands us to “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8) but it is to be done on the “seventh day” (Exodus 20:10) for “he limiteth a certain day” (Hebrews 4:7). Sunday is not the same as the seventh day. So, what commandments do you adjust? Is it lying so you can play “Trick or Treat”, “April Fools”, Santa Clause”, “Tooth Fairy”, etc.?

Friday, January 31, 2020

Most people that make worldly resolutions have given up by now and returned to their old habits. These are people that have picked one item and chose to give it up, like eating too much, drinking alcohol, or even smoking. The Christian simply has chosen to change the heart, which affects every sinful practice and bad habit. “A just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again” (Proverbs 24:16). February is a new month. We do not have to wait eleven months for another time to make another resolution. It can start immediately and treat February as a new goal. So, where are you in your resolution to be Christlike stand?

Thursday, January 30, 2020

When a person acts differently in private, even sinful, they are not getting away with anything. Oh, they may fool other people, but God searches the heart (Jeremiah 17:10). So, what is your private life like?

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Remembrance of sinning helps us to not repeat it though the guilt may way heavy for doing it in the first place. So, how do you handle the thoughts of your past? As a heavy weight or as guidance? Remember, come to Jesus, “all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Jesus said, “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). John penned, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1). Paul penned, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). And yet, so many Christians think they can just be indifferent regarding sinning? Are you indifferent?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Having the lack of power to overcome sin may be an issue with the asking for forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Many go through the motion or rely on implied motion of confessing to God, but if we actually get on our knees, approach God in prayer knowing full well of what we did, and we picture the nails going through Jesus’ hands as we confess to God, for our sins is what put Jesus on that cross no matter what year it is, and confess those sins for our sake and not His, we may then begin to realize the awfulness of the sin we committed and not want to “fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6). Further, as we confess, if we get our eyes off the misdeed and onto the ramifications of the sin, that may place a heavier weight on simply doing the act of sin. In fact, sin is not so sinful if we simply say, “I’m sorry.” If we realize any negative impact that we may have towards others because of our sin, if we realize that the sin goes beyond the act, just then we may gain the full measure of the promised gift of “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) that we ought to receive to live a godly life and avoid sinning. So, how far does your confessing of sins go?

Sunday, January 26, 2020

To be eternally saved today with no possibility of being lost in the future is a theology that discards every verse on sanctification, every command of Jesus to live in obedience, discredits the purpose of Jesus coming the first time to save us from our sins and not in our sins, creates a God that does change when He says He does not, and basically cancels out a whole bunch of New Testament scriptures. Does this sound like it is of God or the devil? Do you actually believe you are saved despite the Bible stating, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22)?

Friday, January 24, 2020

We live in such an anti-Christian time that is beginning to compare with the persecutions of the dark ages. It seems that every worldly way can be presented to the public without people getting worked up, but be it a Christian thing and lawsuits fly. Even Christian literature sent through the mail is no longer just considered junk mail, which is so annoying in itself, people actually get worked up trying to put the sender in their place. There is no tolerance among many for Christianity and the sentiment is growing. So, does that cause you to give up the commission that Jesus commands all Christians to do, which is preach the gospel anyways (Mark 16:15), or are you faithful in your deeds?

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Just as smoking inhabits the taste buds preventing full enjoyment of tasting food, sin inhabits the ability to spiritually discern. Therefore, if a person gives up sinning, they would understand God’s way a whole lot more. So, how much sin is inhibiting you?

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

We are told, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). There is not one sin that God will not forgive if we confess it to Him. The only sins not forgiven are the ones we do not confess. And if we justify that we are alright without confessing them, then “the blasphemy [against] the [Holy] Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men” (Matthew 12:31) because the Holy Spirit’s job is to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8) and “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). To reject that conviction thinking that God already knows what has been done is to reject the Holy Spirit. It is not about informing God as it is to be convicted of the sin being evil, which leads to repentance, which is to cease from doing it again. So, what sins have you not confessed to God?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Being rich is not a sin. What a person does with their wealth and how they earn it is where sin may come in at. So, do you envy the rich if a person earned it properly, or even inherited it, and use their money properly? Or are you wealthy and choose to use your funds according to God’s will and have obtained it in an approved way of God? If not, maybe Zacchaeus can help: “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore [him] fourfold” (Luke 19:8).

Monday, January 20, 2020

Helpfulness for show is not helpfulness in God’s eyes. “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 6:1). In other words, do not draw attention. So, do you make sure everyone knows how helpful you are, or do you just do things to be helpful and let the results be as they are?

Sunday, January 19, 2020

“Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21), but there must be a condition to this. A person who hits his hand with a hammer and calls upon the name of the Lord usually does so in a foul way. The same is true with actors and actresses in movies and even in TV. There must be an implied sincerity with this verse that people are missing, and there is, because God has a blanket sincerity to all of the Bible. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). That means we will think godly thoughts, act godly, and love to do the godly way. Of course we are referring to the godly Ten Commandments. The word “all” does not make room for sinning. So, with that motivation of “all”, do you really and truly call upon the name of the Lord or do you just mouth the words?

Friday, January 17, 2020

Sin cuts off our relationship with God until we repent of it, which is to sincerely confess and forsake it. However, other life sustaining and experiencing will also be affected. People tend to enter into a bad mood after sinning. People even become paranoid. Even sickness can set in for there are a number of times that the disciples asked if the situation was due to sinning. So, how much do you strive for that abundant life here and now that Jesus promises (John 10:10)?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

God says, “Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die” (Ezekiel 18:31). That means all who break the commandments will die. We are not saved by keeping the commandments but commandment keeping is the fruit of being saved by Jesus. So, do you transgress (break) God’s commandments or obey them?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The weather may change; the days may change; but a true Christian’s character will not. Do you have a true Christian character or are you moody with people when the weather changes?

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A child in the faith, no matter how old a person is, happens to not be a good thing. They have childish arguments like saying, “Well, Martin Luther drank and smoked and he’s probably saved!” But a day comes when one realizes that all of those childish arguments must be set aside for “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11). So, are you still a child or a man in the faith?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Sin is not a game; it is a poison. It destroys. Even a small amount has satanic influences. Jesus even said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly” (John 10:10). So, do you justify little sins in your life, which aids the thief, Satan? Or do you live in complete obedience enjoying life more abundantly?

Sunday, January 12, 2020

To knowingly sin thinking that there is a future forgiveness is called presumption. Be careful because it may not be reality. As Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). So, have you?

Friday, January 10, 2020

It is one thing to not want to keep God’s commandments, and it is a worse thing to teach others to break them as well. “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19). This does not mean a person goes to Heaven but Heaven, angels and God, consider that person least on earth and will not be there. In fact, when Jesus returns, He is looking for a certain group of people. “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, how active are you in discouraging people from keeping God’s commandments?

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Jesus was in much pain, lack of sleep, ridiculed, rejected, and whole lot of other miserable things experienced, yet “was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). So, what excuse do you have to sin, like being short tempered when having a bad day?

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Most Hollywood actresses and actors are not experts in anything, so to rely upon their glorified opinion in politics, political issues, medical advice, and for that matter, anything else, is truly to make an idol out of a human being. So, do you see these people as idols or mere human beings?

Tuesday, January 07, 2020

To be forgiven does not mean we forget. We must now use that remembrance not to repeat the same sin. The devil likes to use that remembrance, though, to press us with guilt. We have to remember, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Therefore, do not try to confess your sin again; it has already been forgiven and would be an insult to God. So, how do you handle the remembrance of your sins? Letting the guilt weigh you down or as a protection to not do it again?

Monday, January 06, 2020

Jesus said, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20). Paul, under inspiration of God wrote, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23). This was in contrast to “the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). Therefore, God knows us by our works or fruit. That means He judges us by our fruit and not what we profess. It does not matter what one says; it is what they do. So, which list describes you? And there is no such thing as “mostly”.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Paul wrote, “If he hath wronged thee, or oweth [thee] ought, put that on mine account” (Philemon 1:18). Now, would you be willing to take a crushing debt off of a new Christian and make it your own?

Friday, January 03, 2020

Jesus asked, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). So, what are you pursuing? Any part of that world?

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Jesus used the scriptures to defend the true doctrines of God. Can you do the same or do you criticize the Bible instead?

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Sin does not only block off our relationship with God, but it also prevents us from seeing God’s Word clearly. Frequent phrases of “I can’t see that”, “The Bible is too hard to understand”, or any other criticism of the Bible is a sure sign that sin and selfishness remains. So, how clearly can you see God’s Word?

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Here is the last day of the year. This is the day that those who make New Year’s resolutions will try to get their last whatever in. If a person chooses to quit smoking, today is the day they will smoke more than normal, trying to get the last one in. If the new years resolution is about dieting, today is the day they really do not care about it and indulge. Choosing to be a Christian ought not to be that way. When we give up sin, we ought not seek out that last opportunity. It simply should be cut off. So, have you made a New Year’s resolution involving giving up sin and expect to enjoy it one last time today, or do you see your commitment to God more than that and choose to stop even now?

Monday, December 30, 2019

When a reaction to a situation is understandable that does not mean it is acceptable. When people hurt for whatever reason, it is understandable that a person may be having a hard time accepting the situation, but it does not give that person a right to take it out upon others. So, when you face unpleasant circumstances, do you justify bad behavior by it, or do you still keep it in Christian self-control?

Sunday, December 29, 2019

God says, “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you” (Jeremiah 3:14). And Paul wrote, “I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2). And James proclaimed, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4). Therefore, every time we choose to live worldly, if we backslide, we cheat on the one we are married to. In that state, we shall be lost, but if we do as He asks, turn back to Him, and “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). So, will you turn away from any worldliness in your life?

Friday, December 27, 2019

We ought to thank God that He “is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9) because He waits and waits until we choose to stop sinning. Then, He “is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). So, how thankful are you towards God for His longsuffering?

Thursday, December 26, 2019

“God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). The word “must” is not optional. Therefore, if a person does not know the truth on any given doctrine, they are to spend as much energy and resources they can to find the truth because “all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12). So, do you just accept whatever doctrine you were taught, or do you know that “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)?

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Just remember, to do what a person calls Christian when it is actually pagan or worldly is actually not acceptable to God. Look at the many stories of the Bible, which show that: Calling a golden calf God, King Saul bringing back alive the defeated king of the Amalekites and claiming to have carried out God’s orders, Samsons personal war on the Philistines all the while showing off, Solomon’s political maneuver by marrying a woman from every country in hopes to prevent war with that country going against the direct command not to marry outside of the faith and so many women, even people offering what was labeled a blasphemer to be crucified thinking they were killing such a guilty person when they actually nailed Jesus to the cross, and many more. And so, do you really think it is acceptable to God to make a pagan day of human sacrifice all to appease the sun god not to disappear forever signifying the rebirth of the sun shown by longer days as now a day honoring the birth of His Son plus lie to children giving a make believe person all of the qualities of God (rewarder, all seeing, all knowing, etc.) so as to have kids be good to greedily receive presents on a that pagan day all the while going by the name that is an altered version of Satan (move the “n” to the middle position) undermining faith in the true God in Whom children are to supposedly make the transition from make believe Santa in whom they cannot see to the true God Whom they also cannot see? And then we wonder why there are so many atheists today or very lax Christians!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

We are told, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12-13). Many Christians think that once we become a Christian, we ought to have a life of bliss. But in this world in which the Devil gets upset at those that choose to be Christian, it is all out warfare. Yes, we may have had issues before because that is the result of sin and that is brough upon ourselves, but now we have issues because Satan hates us and they are usually not brought upon ourselves. And Satan is allowed to test us, not for God’s sake, but for our own. In eternity, there will be no sin. There is not to be a single temptation that is going to ruin eternity. The only way to make it is to build strength of character now and consistently repel the evil. So, do you think it is strange to have so many issues in your life?

Monday, December 23, 2019

If one of the last words of Jesus, “It is finished” (John 19:30), meant that the whole plan of salvation was completed at the cross, then why is “It is done” (Revelation 16:17) uttered from the temple right before Jesus returns? And take note that it comes from the temple, “which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Hebrews 8:2). Could it be that most Christians are missing the most important work being done right now in Heaven the “high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession” (Hebrews 4:14). So, do you know of Jesus’ continued ministry in Heaven, or do you just think He sits on a throne all day, waiting for the time to return?

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Sometimes we do not want to do something that is not pleasant. That is when love kicks in. You love your children by doing it. You love your parents by doing it. You appreciate having a job by doing it. You appreciate the household by doing it. You love God by doing it. Jesus asks, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, do you do it?

Friday, December 20, 2019

1 Corinthians 13 is used quite often in wedding ceremonies, but in reality, it is to be our personal relationship with God. Everything is to be motivated by the love we have towards God. All other things, even of a religious nature, does not compare to this true love. This is more than affection to another human being. This is more than pleasing one’s taste buds. This is love that defies logic sometimes, willing to sacrifice for, and would be greatly overwhelmed with depression if we were to displease God. So, do you have that love or do you just brush Him off when you want to do something that is a little sinful?

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Jesus said, “whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). And Paul penned, “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). Therefore, continuing in sin is the way people deny Jesus. So, how can one claim to be saved while still sinning? It is a satanic lie to think that all we have to do is say some magic words once in our life, and then not be so concerned about our works. So, are you living a lie by claiming to be a Christian and are unconcerned about the sins in your life, or are your works showing Christ’s righteousness?

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Satan comes at us during our weakest moments, so do you avoid making yourself weak by staying in good health, making right choices, etc.?

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Anger, such as demonstrated by King Nebuchadnezzar regarding the non-bowing Hebrews of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego before his golden image, which he caused to be cast into a furnace of fire, did cause the lives of people. “The fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego” (Daniel 3:22). So, how out of control does your anger get? Do you break things, hurt people physically, verbally, or both? Do you make rash decisions? Or, are you in self-control the whole time you are angry? [By the way, anger itself is not wrong.]

Monday, December 16, 2019

Why are even Christians against the Ten Commandments? “The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul” (Psalms 19:7). It is because the las converts souls but people do not want to be converted. They just want to have eternal life without restriction, yet Jesus said, “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, what gospel are you listening to? An unconverted one or the real one?

Sunday, December 15, 2019

If Peter and Daniel could sleep knowing they were going to be executed the next day, we ought to desire the peace in Christ that they had. So, how trusting are you in God facing a crisis, irritating day, etc.?

Friday, December 13, 2019

Some days it seems to be futile in disciplining children, bringing them upright, but the Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). So, do you still do your part anyways?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Many think that Elijah and Moses will literally return again and walk among us. Just because a description about them appears in Revelation does not mean that it is so. Blatantly named, Babylon will be the enemy at the end of time (Revelation 18:2), yet no one lives there, and according to the Bible, no one will (Isaiah 13:20-22). Likewise, there is a reference naming Jezebel (Revelation 2:20). She will not be coming back to life. All of these things are mere symbols representing reality of the time (Revelation 1:1). Just as Jesus declared John the Baptist to be Elijah (Matthew 11:14), so at the end of time, the spirit of Elijah in other people will be given. We will be contending with the spirit of Babylon. We will be facing the spirit of Jezebel. So, what spirit do you have? Elijah or Jezebel or Babylon?

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Bible says, “there met him a woman [with] the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart” (Proverbs 7:10) and “that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2). This is the contrast. We are either acting, thinking, and/or talking like a harlot or a chaste virgin. Regard not the past for Jesus is able “to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24). So, a little allowance for sin here and a little there, a little dirty thinking here and a little there, etc. is all of a harlot lifestyle. We cannot be a little harlot and a lot chaste since “Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). A little harlot is a harlot. And harlots are not going to Heaven for, on a spiritual sense, “the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). So, which are you, a harlot or a chaste virgin?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

We are told, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity” (1 Corinthians 13:13), where “charity” means “love”. And Jesus simply asked, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, do you have that charity or love towards God, or do you love selfishness by continuing to sin?

Monday, December 09, 2019

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15) makes sin a choice. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, do you choose sin because you are selfish, or do you deny your selfishness and choose to obey God and keep His commandments?

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Sanctification means to be made holy. And that is what we are to be before Jesus shows up at the second coming for the Bible says, “the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). So, are you on the road to sanctification by removing every sinful thing from your life by the grace of God, or have you been duped into thinking you are saved in sinning?

Friday, December 06, 2019

Confession does not inform God of sins. He already knows we have sinned. Confession is to bring conviction of soul, a deep repentance to not repeat the sin, an effort to make sure it does not happen again and guard against making provision for it to happen again. We are to feel guilty and unworthy while we confess our sins to God. It is not a pleasant thing, but “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Keep in mind that if we do not feel like approaching God with our sins and simply keep everything on a generic basis, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). So, will you confess your sins and be forgiven, even the ones that are hidden away?

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Today’s word is “light”. “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalms 119:130). As a bonus, we see the Bible is simple to understand. That means that all who complain that the Bible is so hard to understand are purposely making it hard. So, do you understand? Do you have the light?

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Today’s word is “wine”. Most people assume with today’s dictionary that the word refers to fermented grapes or alcohol. However, the Bible uses the term to refer to the liquid of the grape. For instance, Isaiah 65:8 says, “Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and [one] saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing [is] in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.” If grapes are still on the vine in a cluster, then the word “wine” cannot refer to alcohol as the process requires the removal of the grapes, crushing them, and letting it sit around to ferment or be destroyed. Even the word “destroy” does not apply to crushing the grapes as the focus is upon the wine and not the shell of the wine called the grape. We are told to not destroy the wine, the liquid. Fermentation is that destruction of the wine. The act of crushing is the destruction of grapes and not the wine, as the wine is expelled through that process. Therefore, when we read the passages of the Bible that refers to wine, even in a party setting, we must be careful to not force the Bible to appear to contradict itself by implying alcohol is involved in the situation since the Bible condemns the use of alcohol. People contradict themselves and not the Bible So, how do you read the word “wine”? Liquid of the grape, which shows the Bible does not contradict itself, or as alcohol, making the Bible to appear to contradict itself?

Monday, December 02, 2019

Satan is not just a name given for sinful acts. Satan is a being. “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). To think that he does not exist puts us at a disadvantage because people are not aware of his tactics then. So, are you on guard “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11)?

Sunday, December 01, 2019

The word “soul” is not something a person has; it is the person. “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). If a body is breathing, it is a soul. If a body stops breathing, it is dead. There is no soul that floats off when we die. That is a lie to squeeze money out of people holding the dead ransom, like freeing them from purgatory. So, do you carry on the purposeful error that teaches people soul’s float off to Heaven or Hell upon death, or do you believe that all souls die (Ezekiel 18:4) and the righteous will be resurrected at the second coming to live again (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17)?

Friday, November 29, 2019

Here is the definition of antichrist: “No lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:21-22). “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:2-3). “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:7-9). So, do you see this is a doctrinal issue and not a military one that Hollywood hypes up, that so many religious ministers do error in the faith and are outright liars?

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Ending a word with “ian” means that there is a particular discipline or mindset. For instance, Asians follow a certain discipline. Americans are known for certain characteristics. Electrician works with electricity and is very knowledgeable in such. But why do Christians think they can sin, which is of the devil, can ignore the Bible, can live however they want and still claim to be a Christian? To be Christian means to be knowledgeable in Christ’s ways and obey them. How knowledgeable are you, and are you following them?

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

People say, “I was born this way”. Jesus says, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Are you born again, or do you make excuses for your sinful habits?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

People say that they do not want to submit to the Bible because it is written by men. Of course, the men claim to be able to receive visions and dreams right from God showing what to write, but beyond that. Have such criticizers ever considered that we are born with a bent towards sin (Psalms 51:5)? That means we must learn the good from a source outside of ourselves. Such people then say that it is the responsibility of parents to teach good, but we know that not all parents are that responsible. Too many teach their children how to scam others, for instance. Then they say it is the responsibility of teachers and authority figures, like police officers, to help guide people to the good. That, of course, is a lie because too many teachers have agendas, and too many cops are not completely honest themselves, even in the simple matter of obeying the speed limits. Then we here that governments are to guide people to the good, and after numerous laws that have been passed that contradict each other, good is not defined at the corrupt government level either. So, if you believe in God, since God does not speak directly to humans, just where do you think we can find a non-changing standard of what is good and acceptable towards God as opposed to sinful practices?

Monday, November 25, 2019

It is true that the future is what you make it. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). So, will it be death because you refuse to give up your sins, or eternal life because you allowed God to make you righteous?

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Jesus simply asks, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). So, why are there such arguments if the Ten Commandments are required or not? Even in keeping them, there are disagreements. We have the group that are lawless claiming that grace saves, but in reality, they are selfish because they get to do whatever they want and think they are still going to Heaven. Then we have the people who do keep the commandments thinking they deserve Heaven, but they deny the fact that Jesus paid the price. The only acceptable life is that of loving God so much that as a result, the commandments are kept. So, what group are you in?

Friday, November 22, 2019

It is normal to be so busy that things get missed, however, Satan likes it when we miss time with God. So, what effort do you put forth to make sure you do not forget to spend time with God each day?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Jesus said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day [is] the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). To reduce stress in one’s life, as soon as a stressful thought enters the mind for days away, push it out. If it is something important, write down what is necessary about it, and then do not let it be dwelt upon. What needs acted upon today, do it and then let it go. By dwelling upon the situation that cannot be altered today, anxiety levels rise, and a lot of wasted mental energy is consumed. Many times, the specifics of the stressful situation will adjust on its own, and sometimes, they work themselves out by the day of arrival. So, will you practice God’s stress reduction technique?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Just because something contains good does not make it good. Teaching ABCs and 123s in ghost stories, superhero stories, evolutionary theory, and whatever sinful agenda does, not make it acceptable for children. We are told to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and not simply contain good. Yes, it is hard to find acceptable material to teach children with, but that is what the devil is after – wear down the parents until they accept any level of error. So, how is your endurance as a parent?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Bible says, “Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous” (1 Timothy 3:3). Impatience simply makes a bad situation worse. It solves nothing. It does not make the situation resolve faster. And overall, it just puts others in a bad mood. So, how do you handle situations that try your patience?

Monday, November 18, 2019

“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4), and yet, so many Christians try to “experience life”. Once a person becomes a Christian, exotic foods and drinks, exciting places to go to, all kinds of entertainment to watch, etc., are all put aside because the things this world offers is but worthless time wasters and body destroyers. So, how much of the world are you still trying to enjoy?

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Time is something a person can never get back. Choose wisely how you spend it. How do you spend your time?

Friday, November 15, 2019

All of us have had physical injuries over mistakes made, but we can recover from most of those injuries over time. Sin, on the other hand, injures the soul, and many times it is very difficult to recover from, and many times, we are scarred for life. So, are you careful with your spiritual life?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Moving from one place to another is a challenge, but the final move for the saved will be from this earth to our mansions (John 14:2) in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12)! How often is that move on your mind?

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Focusing upon what needs to be done rather than the crisis is how God would have us handle difficult situations. So, what do you focus upon?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Change happens. How we handle the change determines if we trust in God or not. How are you doing with change?

Monday, November 11, 2019

According to 1 John 3:5, it says, "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin." But most Christians read it as "And ye know that he was manifested to take away our penalty; and in him is no penalty." If sin exists in our lives, then we have not handed it over to Jesus, Who is willing to take the sins away, and by retaining the sins, we are not truly Christian. So, will you let Him take away all of your sins?

Friday, November 08, 2019

A little termite can cause great damage to a huge structure. A little allowance of temptation can cause great destruction to the soul. So, do you guard your mind, your thoughts, what you think about?

Thursday, November 07, 2019

We are to crucify our “old man” (lifestyle) (Romans 6:6) and be “dead to sin” (Romans 6:2), but it begins with the mind “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 23:7). So, what do you think about?

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

For those that want to choose to have sinful practices removed from their lives, do you focus on the “I don’t want to do that (sin)”, or do you focus upon “I can do that (good)”? “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). Simply avoiding the sin is not the proper way to stop sinning. Replace it with what is good to do and think about.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

When we are the weakest and do not feel like praying, that is when we ought to pray all the more. So, how is your prayer life?

Monday, November 04, 2019

Too many Christians have a “whatever” attitude when it comes to expectations of a Christian. A Christian should not be smoking, drinking, and using foul language. Those that do, have the “whatever” attitude. “Not like I can lose salvation.” Nonsense! You never had it then with that attitude! “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8). That is not an Old Testament attitude. Regarding Heaven, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life” (Revelation 21:27). So, do you have the poison of “whatever” or are you purposed in your heart to obey God?

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Ever think of a sin, plan it out, try to execute it, and it does not turn out the way you thought? That is because God is longsuffering (2 Peter 3:9). In other words, sometimes God protects us from really messing up, even ruining our life, or He is protecting the potential victim, if there is one. So, are you thankful that sinful plans are thwarted?

Friday, November 01, 2019

Adults are just children in better self-control. As I child, when we did not get our way, we threw a fit. Though we may still slam things down, typically we do not throw an outwardly fit, however, inside, we are still throwing a fit, are stubborn, and still want to do things our way. We may even say, “No one can tell me what to do.” God commissioned human beings to teach and preach His Word. To reject these human beings is to reject the hand of God. Now, we are told, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). That does not mean we are to stop listening to all human beings. We are “as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16). So, do you submit to the Word of God as presented by other human beings, are you still fit throwing?

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). That is exactly what Martin Luther did on this day over five-hundred years ago. He accused the Catholic Church of “Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition” (Matthew 15:6). It was a call back to the Bible doctrines. Since then, most Protestants also reject the Bible and have chosen “in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9). Have you chosen the same rejection of the Bible, or does the protest still live within you? Oh, and to help people forget about the 95 Thesis, Halloween was invented. So, do you think Halloween or Reformation Day when the date October 31 comes around?

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Sin is a conscious choice. If we choose to sin, despite claiming to be saved, we shall be lost. So, are you willing to give up the gift of Heaven for any sinful pleasure?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The danger of the sin of presumption, where a person sins thinking they can be forgiven afterward, is that it is false sensation of being a Christian when in reality it is a way of just putting off surrendering all to Christ. Will you surrender all to Him today and cease from carelessly sending if you are?

Monday, October 28, 2019

“A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but [he that is] slow to anger appeaseth strife” (Proverbs 15:18). It is too easy to lose one’s temper. A stronger person is slow to anger but is still in self-control. So, how strong are you?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Just remember, when a person knowingly sins, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). So, are you mocking God thinking forgiveness is just so easily obtainable and then just do it again?

Friday, October 25, 2019

According to the Bible, today, Friday, is the preparation day. It actually started at sunset on Thursday and will conclude Friday at sunset to welcome in the Sabbath. It is a day to do the final preparation so there is no work done on the Sabbath, but is also a weekly reminder to be prepared to meet Jesus. Spiritually, we are to clean up our lives by the grace of God because when Jesus shows up, there is no work done then to clean up the soul. So, how are the preparations going?

Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Bible says, “The LORD [is] longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation]” (Numbers 14:18). Therefore, God is not just so loving that everyone and every sin is forgiven. Those continuing in sin are guilty and will not be our neighbors in Heaven. In fact, they will not be in Heaven at all. So, are you making sure you are not one of the guilty ones, or do you “pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:7) thinking sin really does not matter regarding salvation?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Satan, a being who is already mightier than ourselves, is “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8), attacks mostly when people are at their weakest. Although we never are able to match abilities with the devil and therefore, always must “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7), it takes extra strength to submit to God when not feeling well, when things are crumbling around us, etc. So, when you are weak, are you still sober by the grace of God or selfish?

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

To be filled with the Holy Spirit, “he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8). Speaking of judgment, before Jesus shows up, which is really soon, “the hour of his judgment is come” (Revelation 14:7) and not “will come”. That means we are being judged before He shows up. Are you ready to be judged?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Is it a wonder that interaction with people has been reduced to using social media and only in bite sizes? We are not growing more intelligent; we are being dumbed down. The reason is because God is an intelligent being, and He wants to communicate through His Word intelligently. The true understanding of the Bible takes time and effort. So, how patient are you in receiving God’s interaction?

Sunday, October 20, 2019

When it rains and rains heavy here in the autumn, do you think of Bible references? Farmers depend upon the spring rain for planting, biblically known as the early rain, and then they depend upon the harvest time rain to finish off the growing season, known biblically as the latter rain. Pentecost sparked the beginning of Christianity with the power of the spiritual early rain. At the end, the latter rain of the Holy Spirit will fall. Satan likes to mix things up with false representations of it, which is currently prevalent. We need to make sure we have the right outpouring. If it is the sharing of the gospel, that is the true manifestation. Speaking in tongues inside a church having people feel good about themselves, having healings inside a church to benefit people in the church, having people sing with feeling that it just warms the heart and invigorates the flesh, are all examples of the false manifestation. So, does the latter rain that you are observing benefit people who are already claiming to be Christian, or is it benefitting the unconverted in sharing the gospel?

Friday, October 18, 2019

A person who makes themselves dependent upon another is not free, which oppressive controlling powers are of Satan (Exodus 3:9) while freedom is of God (John 8:32). This does not apply to certain family relations. Spouses become dependent upon each other, and children are dependent upon parents, which are all normal. But when we give others authority over our possessions, our coming and going, etc., then we are subject to their whims. It starts out friendly by offering help, but over time, such authority can lead to corruption and misuse of that authority in many cases. So, how do you inadvertently allow others to control your life? Do you carry much debt (the most popular control of them all)?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The more intense a moment is, the more God trusts you to be able to handle it. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it]” (1 Corinthians 10:13). So, how are you doing on bearing it?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

There is a lot of talk in Christianity about the blood of Jesus, but that is only half of the story. “This is he that came by water and blood, [even] Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood” (1 John 5:6). It is true that the blood is God’s mercy, grace, forgiveness of our sins, but the water is being born again, washed clean of every desire to sin, to be sanctified, to have the power to “walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). So, are you only half saved, or wholly saved?

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

In the last days, music would be a control factor. Satan, or Lucifer at the time, was a beautiful singer (Ezekiel 28:13) and war broke out in Heaven. Music, though on acceptable instruments, was noted explicitly to be among the rebellious lineage of Cain (Genesis 4:21). Music was involved in the rebellion at the time of Moses along with dancing (Exodus 32:19). Music was involved in the worldwide control of the citizens to bow down to a literal idol (Daniel 3:5) symbolic of the spiritual idol found in Revelation (Revelation 13:15). So, the music you listen to, does it uplift God or are you being controlled? There are no other options. No such thing as music being neutral.

Monday, October 14, 2019

The celebration of Halloween is very pagan, which equates to being of Satan. Oh sure, they dress it up as a fun day and use kids to pull at the heart strings, but just how do you think Satan would be most successful at pulling off a day of worship? Just what do most of the costumes glorify? God or Satan? And all those “Christian” movements to dress as angels, Bible characters, and such is an attempt to justify participating in such just as Israel of old would, time and time, justify participating in pagan rituals and God was wroth with them. The day even includes the usual practice of nudity. Well, maybe not full on nudity, but sexualizing even children, let alone adults and especially females, is widely acceptable as costumes, and yet people have a problem with men thinking of sexualizing women and are in full rage when a pedophile incident occurs. So, just how can anyone justify participating in this day and claim to be a Christian as this truly is not a day that a Christian can say they are able to “walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing” (Colossians 1:10)?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

If a person has to sin to accomplish the good, it is sinful. All means and results are to be godly. Remember, God does not operate at all on the sin plain and yet He deals with us. The means truly do not justify the goal in God’s eyes. So, are you careful not to use sin to accomplish the good goal?

Friday, October 11, 2019

Faced with resistance, do you give up thinking God is blocking your way or is it Satan? How can you tell? If you know what you are doing without a doubt is a godly thing, then it more than likely is Satan putting up the resistance (Daniel 10:12-13). If there is a taint of sin in any of it, then you know in fact it is God, just like He used a talking donkey on Balaam (Numbers 22:21-35). But upon the decisions like deciding to move, choosing a job, etc., how can one tell who is putting up the resistance? Again, study it from God’s perspective. Is the move into a closer environment to the spiritual pollutions like Lot (Genesis 13:11), or more spiritually satisfying? Sure, a shorter commute would be better on staying connected to the family, but at what spiritual cost to the children? Does the new job cause challenges spiritually? These answers determine if God is directing away from the choice or Satan does not want anyone escaping his influence. So, do you make decisions based upon any resistance and give up, or do you evaluate it, and if it is of God, you put forth more effort by His grace?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

If a young child were to be found playing with matches, a good parent would explain to the child how harmful it is to do so. If the child continues day after day to play with matches, a good parent would have to administer correction. If a child complains and asks, “Don’t you love me?” The obvious answer is yes, and the parent will explain, “I love you so much that I don’t want you to get burned or burn the house down.” Then why do we treat God any differently? So, many Christians live without regard to the Ten Commandments, which are in place to prevent the results of sin, which are harmful. Further, at “the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Correction is not administered on the lack of knowledge, but once that knowledge is known, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24). God is our Father, and we are His children. So, do you accept God’s protective rules, the Ten Commandments, or do you continue to play with matches?

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Why is it that people accept that there are rules in the home, rules set by governments, even adhere to rules found in public buildings, but when it comes to the rules set by God, Christians nail them to the cross, dismiss them with grace and faith, and overall, disregard the rules of Heaven? Are you a rules breaker, or do you love Jesus and keep His commandments?

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). How much of ALL do you give?

Monday, October 07, 2019

Cheating to win is actually a loss. Most people live with the regret knowing they really were not the best at whatever they cheated at. The real regret will come at the time of hellfire. So, do you cheat at all in life, even in little things, or do you completely trust in God?

Sunday, October 06, 2019

“Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). Looks like we have a choice to make. What is yours?

Friday, October 04, 2019

Governments are all about taking people’s money. Remember, God is in control and it is all His money. “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme” (1 Peter 2:13). So, how worked up do you get when they keep taking and taking and taking?

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Most people count down to an exciting event, and when they do not know the exact day, they still look excitedly towards the nearness of it. Signs all around us are screaming out that the nearness is now for the second coming. The timelines have been fulfilled. The beast, the image, and the mark of the beast are ready to be sprung upon us. The global society is here; all of the religions are cooperating with each other; the governments of the world regularly visit the beast; the merchants of the world regular visit the beast; and much more is happening because “ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5). And yet, so many people are just caught up in the regular routine of life, enjoying as much of the world as they can, not realizing that it is all a distraction. So, how distracted are you?

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

The notion that there are different levels of rewards in Heaven goes against the parable of everyone receiving the same amount no matter the hour employed (Matthew 20:1-16). Those that claim the parable of talents (Matthew 25:14-30) shows different rewards is not about rewards of Heaven but teaching that our talents are multiplied as we exercise them here and now. Those who claim the parable on the ruling over cities (Luke 19:12-27) shows different rewards is not about rewards but responsibilities. The penny parable is therefore showing equal reward resulting in the fact that obedience is not optional. Many think that a little disobedience here and there just means less of a reward. That is what Satan wants people to think because such people will be lost instead of just missing out a little. So, are you deceived into believing obedience is optional, or do you take it seriously?

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

\Thinking and planning to sin but not executing it is still sin. So, how often do you sin in your mind?

Monday, September 30, 2019

Christians do not wait until New Years to make a resolution. They can make one, at the very least, every month. Now, nowhere in the Bible is taught to cut back on habits or deal with one habit at a time. The resolution is to “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). Technically, a Christian will make this resolution every day (1 Corinthians 15:31), but in about a half a day, it will be a new month. Will you make the resolution that Jesus wants you to make?

Sunday, September 29, 2019

To blame sinning on being under the influence of drugs, alcohol, gluttony, etc. is not an excuse to sin. Just who put yourself under the influence to begin with?

Friday, September 27, 2019

Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Luke wrote, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). Unfortunately, many Christians do not repent. They just continue their life of sinning because they think Heaven is just given no matter what. If that were so, then no one would be told to repent, which means, if we do not repent, there is no Heaven. Of course, people do not even know what repentance is. They think it is forgiveness of their current act of sinning, but they can just do it again because there is no limit to forgiveness. Repentance is turning completely away from that sin. Therefore, we do not repent every 15 minutes every time we smoke a cigarette. Rather, a show of true repentance is ceasing the sin. We are told, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). The goal is to stop sinning. Now, for the honest soul, it is not “one oops and out”. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). But for the soul that wants to continue sinning, the simply are “turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4). So, are you taking advantage of God’s grace abusively, or are you an honest seeker of Heaven?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Some people who find out what is displeasing to God, like no longer eating pork or shell fish, we consider to have “one last experience”. Why? It is not like a person can look back at any time upon it and say, “Oh, that tasted so good.” If we are truly repentant of our sins, we would look back upon our past life of ignorance with disdain for having done that in the first place. It is like having an old boyfriend or girlfriend. Upon meeting someone else that is better suited for us, how would that new suiter feel if we said, “I would love to begin a relationship with you, but I just want one last day with my old boyfriend (or girlfriend)”? The same is true regarding one last article of food, one last concert to go to, one last movie to attend, one last cigarette, one last any sinful practice. There should be no “one last” anything. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). It does not say to cut back or have one last anything. If we Love God and know that sin hurts God, it simply should be an instant cut off of it. So, how is your relationship with God when you find out that in ignorance you were actually hurting God?

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

People make time for what is important in their lives. How much time to make for God? Going to church once a week is no different than people going to their jobs. What beyond church do you dedicate to God?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Selfishness is really the only sin people need to overcome because if they were purely selfless, then there would be no seeking sexual satisfaction, and there would be more of respecting a spouse or even the person that seems so attractive no matter how willing they are. There would be no stealing because one would be more concerned about the victim doing without. There would be respect for authority and the rules so as not to bring frustration upon another to have to deal with rule breaking. There would be no lying because one would be more concerned about the other person’s feeling when they find out. There would be no coveting because one would always be happy for another. Killing and getting so angry with another would be out of the question because there would be no desire of trying to get even. Such a selfless person would be concerned for God’s feeling in respecting His name, use of idols, putting other beings in place of God as well as trampling upon His holy day. So, how selfless are you?

Monday, September 23, 2019

Allowance by God to sin is not permission but trust. God has given us personal ability to choose to “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). If God were to strike us every time we started to sin, we would no longer have that choice. And ultimately, God wants us to choose to love Him, not be forced to. So, what do you do with that much responsibility?

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Witnessing simply with good works to show how Christians ought to act is a good initial step in sharing the gospel, but if a person really wants to save a soul, they need to be understanding the warning message from “the everlasting gospel” (Revelation 14:6). Do you know “the everlasting gospel”?

Friday, September 20, 2019

Although the same sins of adultery, lying, stealing, murdering, etc. have been around from the beginning, two things have changed since then. Such sins were done with the intent to cover it up, but today, we are blatant about it, especially when it comes to sex. The other thing that has changed is that technology makes it easier to perform the crime. Embezzlement is just an electronic click away, lying is all over the internet, and bullying someone to death can be done anonymously. Of course, sex is all over the Internet in many different forms. So, how exposed are you to these things, and do any of them make it harder in your life to give up sinning?

Thursday, September 19, 2019

People say they cannot stop sinning. They cannot stop their habits. They cannot change. The Bible says, “if there be first a willing mind, [it is] accepted according to that a man hath, [and] not according to that he hath not” (2 Corinthians 8:12). It is not about what a person cannot do; it is about what they can do. A person can honestly be willing. That is not a “I want this habit to be done” while thinking “man, I like doing it!” It also does not contain worry, for example, “If I quit smoking, I’m going to get fat!” No consequence thoughts are to enter the mind. Let the consequences be what they will be. The attitude for a willing mind is complete surrender as if one’s life depends upon giving it up. Tears are allowed. So, how willing are you, keeping in mind, “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

When the Bible says, “I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him” (Isaiah 8:17), that includes the patience in times of challenges. Wanting instant answers is not waiting. So, how much do you exercise the “waiting” part and relax during the situation?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Both John the Baptist and the apostles called people to “do works meet for repentance” (Acts 26:20). This claiming once to be saved and disregarding any righteous life afterwards or diminishing the righteous life being required is satanic. Also, for those that do not believe in once saved, always saved, there is another danger. Sinning and repenting, sinning the same sin and repenting again, day in and day out is mockery of grace. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). And for those that think that if they perfect a righteous life that somehow it grants eternal life, Jesus calls such “whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward” (Matthew 23:27). Jesus simply asks, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:2-3). So, do you love God enough to stop sinning of which it is He “that is able to keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24), or are you living in a sinful life thinking you can sin right into Heaven without consequence despite being told that “the wages of sin [is] death” (Romans 6:23)?

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Since sin separates us from God, how can any theology that permits sinning be right? Jesus even said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). All the light that God the Father has, which is everything, He is perfect in righteousness. That means all the light we have, which is not everything, we are responsible for and expected to be perfect in. If we know smoking will “defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:17), then we are to perfectly cast that habit away. But if we did not know something else, which I cannot mention or my example would fail because then you would know that sin, we are not responsible for. Therefore, if a person becomes a Christian, chooses to smoke, they cannot claim eternal salvation; they will be lost. “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them” (2 Peter 2:20-21). So, do you hide your eyes from verses you should be reading, or do you reject listening to only a preacher and search the scriptures yourself?

Friday, September 13, 2019

Salvation is not something to lightly regard. It is not a game. It is not something that is to be gotten around to. It is the most important thing in life to seek after. We are told to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) and yet TV gets in the way, going here and going there seems to be more exciting, employment seems to be foremost, getting the most out of life seems to be the desire, and other distractions interfere too. In other words, people are born, some choose to go to church, and that is pretty much all of their relationship they have with God as everything else seems to need people’s attention. That in nowise appears to be seeking the kingdom of God first. So, where in your ranking is Heaven in your life, not only in thought but action?

Thursday, September 12, 2019

As with everything, there are good uses and bad uses of objects. It all depends upon the people. People use vehicles as a great transportation mode while others use it to show off and are careless causing injury. Guns are great for protection while other people are killing needlessly with them. The Internet is a great communication tool while offering the opportunity to look at sinful images, provide means to steal, and even to bully others to the point of suicide. What these three examples and many others have in common is discipline and responsibility. We are responsible for our own actions not only regarding consequences here but eternal consequences. And yes, even Christians that choose to participate in sinning will be lost despite claiming to be a Christian. And, it is up to the God given “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3) to be in self-control or disciplined, which is what makes us a disciple of Christ (Luke 14:27, Luke 14:33, John 8:31, John 13:35). So, how responsible and disciplined are you?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Be careful not to disobey the government but be suspicious of everything. Despite what they may say, the government does not have our best interest in mind. In fact, no government does. People are expendable. So, how loyal are you to the government? In fact, how dependent upon the government are you? Ought we not be dependent upon God?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Although volunteering is a noble act, remember “the labourer is worthy of his hire” (Luke 10:7), even if it is doing God’s work. The prosperity gospel, on the other hand, is greed and reveals how unconverted such ministers are in hording the funds and building large estates of which Jesus never had. So, do you feel uneasy getting paid to do God’s work, or do you see a balance between simply being provided with the necessities of life so one can stay focused upon doing the work?

Monday, September 09, 2019

Life in the fast lane may sound exciting, but it usually is Satan who has us so active, even in good things, that we do not have time for God. How much time do you give God every day? Do you even give God time once a week?

Sunday, September 08, 2019

There is a difference between obsession and discipline. Just having to watch a TV program and talk about the program or actors every day, is obsession. Just having to go for a walk every day is being disciplined. So, what obsessions do you need to rid yourself of and what do you need to become more disciplined in?

Friday, September 06, 2019

If a person is in a situation that they cannot change, second guessing and wishing for a different situation is a waste of energy. Those thought processes simply further undermine the experience, and if more time would be put into trying to focus upon the positives, a better perception may actually be experienced. To continue to use such thoughts in second guessing is nothing short of coveting. So, how often do you waste thought energy on what cannot be changed?

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Putting a substance into the body that makes one weak to resist sin does not lessen the responsibility towards sinning. So, do you use alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, etc. as an excuse of not being able to stay in self-control, or do you accept full responsibility for your sinning and repent?

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Obedience is the outward expression of love: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). So, how much do you love God? Enough to obey Him?

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

When facing challenges, reputation can get in the way and sinning is at the door. Many people either exaggerate or lie about things to get through life, which are one and the same. They are challenged with getting a job, so they exaggerate on their resumes. They may be challenged at work over a mistake, and plead complete surprise at the result. Many claim these to be mere allowable lies called little or white lies. Interestingly, the commandments says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” (Exodus 20:16). There are no exceptions there. We are to be preparing to dwell in Heaven with sinless beings. Can you imagine angels telling such lies? Does God?

Monday, September 02, 2019

Many calendars today are showing Sunday as the seventh day of the week. Some show it as the second day. They do so by combining the weekend. But if you ever wonder what day it really is, just remember, “[Jesus] was risen early the first [day] of the week” (Mark 16:9), which is commonly recognized by many Christians on a pagan day called Ishtar day or better known as Easter Sunday. Therefore, Sunday is actually the first day of the week making Saturday the seventh day. So, do you allow the world, controlled by Satan to mix up the days in your mind, or do you know God’s perfect order of days from sundown to sundown as one, two, three, four, five, preparation, and Sabbath (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown)?

Sunday, September 01, 2019

When facing temptations, ask, “What put me into this situation? Was it avoidable? How do I prevent this from happening again?” Because constantly being placed into the same temptations on purpose will eventually wear a person down and they will fall for “every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed” (James 1:14). It is actually a weakness that we have that makes it a temptation. Some people cannot resist alcohol while others could visit a winery and not be tempted. To place ourselves purposely into temptation is no excuse for we are to “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). So, how are you doing on that “watching” part?

Friday, August 30, 2019

Jesus said, “ye shall be witnesses” (Acts 1:8). We did not see anything, like the apostles did, but we are still to be witnesses. That means we still have evidence to supply in some court case. The only evidence we can supply is that the power of Christ exists. A simple acknowledgment that Jesus saves is no witness. That is just mere faith that unbelievers roll their eyes at. But showing that “if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now that is evidence that is able to be submitted. People who are unconverted can even weigh a person’s old life and compare it to a new life. So, how is your witness to the power of God, or do you still witness for Satan by continuing to sin?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The goal of temptation is to sin. Sin separates us from God. Repentance brings us back into relationship with God. Every belief needs to be evaluated on that basis. If a belief encourages sinning, it is of the devil. For instance, to believe that a person can never be lost once they are “saved” means there is no consequence to sinning. Therefore, such a belief actually encourages a person to sin, especially when faced with very strong temptations. If a person cannot be lost, why struggle? Just give in! So, does your faith permit sinning, which is of the devil, or does your faith encourage obedience glorifying God?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Why do Christians even attack the Bible? It is one thing for unbelievers to discredit the Bible but Christians? The real answer is in the power of the scriptures. Jesus said, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17), but people do not want to know the truth about their sins because they love their sins. To be sanctified through the truth by allowing the word to make them holy means that through the word, their sins are removed. Most Christians are looking for an excuse to keep their sins and still go to Heaven. Therefore, if they can discredit the Bible claiming it to be opinions of men, then they feel they can keep their sins, do whatever they want to do, live however they want to live. But why take such a risk upon the most important thing in life … having eternal life?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

People get concerned when a registered sex offender moves into a neighborhood. Just imagine what Heaven must be like. There is a whole lot of Christians that think they can move into the purity of Heaven dragging their sins along, and there is concern among the angels for good reason. In reality, only repentant Christians get to go to Heaven. This is why the Bible says, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62) referring to potential backsliding into sinning. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). So, how fit are you for the kingdom? Are you preserved blameless even? “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).

Monday, August 26, 2019

Jesus said, “My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it” (Luke 8:21). Too many Christians just want to hear how they are saved but do not want to do what Jesus said. So, are you just a hearer about grace, or also a doer of holy living?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

We are born with the attitude, “What do I get out of this?” When we are born again, the attitude changes to, “How can I give to this?” It is a difference between getting and giving, taking and being of service. We are to be “a servant of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:1). So, are you?

Friday, August 23, 2019

If a person is serious about God, they would be serious about giving up sin! “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37). Sin is a selfish act, which means not all of one’s heart, mind, and soul is then is for God. Some is reserved for self. How is your heart, mind, and soul?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

By bragging about the great deeds one does instead of letting “not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” (Matthew 6:3), a person comes across as salvation by works. Salvation is a gift. Works is a result of accepting that gift. So, where do you place your good deeds? On a level that earns you points or simply a result from your acceptance of forgiveness?

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Motivation for what we do and say is what counts in the judgment – not the actual action. People can put on Christianity for selfish reasons, and someone may appear to do something wrong when it really is not. So, are you counting your good deeds thinking they count for something, or do you have the right motivation in doing what you do and saying what you are saying?

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Temptation is a choice between sin and obedience. “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). If a person chooses to obey God, they receive Christ’s righteousness and be granted entrance into Heaven. They do not earn Christ’s righteousness for it is a gift. If a person, chooses to sin, they will suffer eternal death. So, will you choose wisely?

Monday, August 19, 2019

The devil has life all mixed up. The Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15), and yet so many Christians love the things of the world. They love TV programs, going to the movies, getting bigger and better things of life, listening to the latest music sensation, experiencing all there is to experience, and more. In other words, fun is the main theme when service is to be the main theme. We do not see Jesus wasting time, nor His disciples. Just because we live in “modern times” does not mean we are at liberty to spend so much on entertainment, risking life in experiencing it, and putting all of our energy into getting ahead. So, has the devil wooed you into loving the world, or is your life full of service for God?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The devil has things all messed up regarding sex. Sex was created of God as a giving experience. The devil turned it into a selfish taking experience. People watch porn because selfishly their partner does not satisfy them quite like a porn stars do. People commit adultery for the same reason. Many divorces happen because sex is not selfishly fulfilling with the current partner. Rape happens for selfish satisfaction. Masturbation happens for the same reason. Even non-male to female or non-female to male relationships occur for selfish reasons as well when God created the intent of female quality and male quality to be giving into the relationship to blend both qualities into a balance upbringing of children. Overall, it is easy to spot the sin when one sees sex from a giving perspective as opposed to a taking perspective. Even in a proper male and female marriage, excess in activity occurs because of selfishness. So, is there any selfish tendencies in your sexual life?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Every day that a person holds onto a sin makes it harder to let go of it later. Every day a sin is not exercised makes one stronger to resist it in the future. So, why not give up any sins you may have today since it will be easier than tomorrow?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

It is not the sin that actually matters; it is the selfishness behind it. If we were not selfish, we would not commit the sin, in fact, we would not commit any sin. Sin usually starts with “I”. “I feel like…” “I want to…” The devil has the same “I” issue, in fact, that is where we get the “I” issue from. “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). So, how much of an “I” issue do you have? How selfish are you?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

People enjoy underdog movies be it about boxing, other sports, even relationships. They hope the underdog pulls themselves up and keeps on fighting. But it seems that the real-life underdog experience is completely ignored, and that is us. Satan, with his temptations, is the ultimate bully. It seems though, when Satan wins and leads us into sin, we simply say, “Oh well, I’m saved anyways.” There is no “riseth up again” (Proverbs 24:16). There is no “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). There is simply an allowance for Satan to keep us down in sin. Jesus said, “sin no more” (John 5:14), meaning, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Do you accept it? Do you accept this power to actually get up and fight against sin despite being the underdog? In fact, “we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1 ). “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (Luke 15:7). That is the ultimate audience. Let us not let them down!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

If a person knows how to save a lot on car insurance, they typically share the information with others. If a person knows the coming weather calamity and someone is excitedly telling others of the outdoor event they are going to attend, that first person is likely to give a warning of the bad weather moving in. If there is a big sale at a store, people usually tell other people about it. People tell others about the wonderful food they ate at a restaurant, the time they had at an event to encourage others to go, etc. But when soul saving, eternal life matters are at stake, most are silent. The most important thing in life and people are silent. That is so sad especially when Jesus told everyone that becomes His follower to “preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). So, do you tell others of the saving gospel, or do you horde it to yourself?

Monday, August 12, 2019

You may do all of the right things, say all of the right things, but still end up having problems. God never promised a smooth road. He simply promised a great reward only if we, by the grace of God, handle the roughness in our life properly. So, do you throw an adult fit when things go wrong, or do you handle things as Christ would have you handle them?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

People who put puzzles together, frame them, and hang them on a wall do not do so until all of the pieces are put together. The same approach should be used in the Bible. No one is to use a verse or two to justify a belief. Get all of the verses to see the full picture (Isaiah 28:9-10). By doing so, we would have only one denomination then. But instead, everyone has their favorite piece of the puzzle but not the whole puzzle, well, except for one denomination because Jesus said, “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Upon Jesus, He has built His church and not churches, and “there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd” (John 10:16). So, are you part of the one fold that uses all of the puzzle pieces?

Friday, August 09, 2019

The devil sinned and was kicked out of Heaven. Adam and Eve sinned and were kicked out of the garden. The flood came and destroyed all who continued to sin. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because they were sinning. A whole generation died in the dessert because of sinning the sin of unbelief. Moses did not enter the promised land because of sin, though He repented was still not permitted. Why is it that Christians, despite numerous New Testament verses that speak against their popular belief, think they can enter Heaven while still sinning? So, do you have sins in your life that you are continuing to practice giving no effort to cease from and still think you are going to Heaven making a mockery of grace (Romans 6:1-2)?

Thursday, August 08, 2019

What are your first thoughts in the morning? Am I late to work or an appointment? How hungry am I? Is it nice outside? Does my work need my attention? Do I have social media messages that I missed? All of these may be significant, but did you thank God and asked Him to keep you all the day long? Do you have any God time basically?

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). It is not enough to simply avoid sin. The “watch” part includes also avoiding that which leads to sin. Thoughts of adultery increase as people view sensual scenes on TV and in the movies. Even suggestive lyrics add to the increased desire. To do as Jesus said, we ought to avoid such programming. So, how careful are you when it comes to temptation?

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Parents expect their children to obey them. Teachers expect the students to obey in the classrooms. Police offers are used to keep people in obedience to the laws or face the consequences. Judges hand down verdicts in which the consequences are also supposed to be carried out. But for some reason, many Christians do not believe God wants us to obey Him. Are you one of them?

Monday, August 05, 2019

Just because some other Christian sinned, it does not justify or permit us to do the same thing, yet so many Christians point to David’s adultery, Abraham’s lying, even David’s murder as permitting their so-called little sins. What they forget is that each of these men repented. Just look at what David wrote about his adultery in Psalms 51. If we continue sinning, “the soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4). So, do you purposely allow sin in your life because of some poor examples even in the Bible, let alone the other Christians you may know, or, by the grace of God, “whosoever is born of God sinneth not” (1 John 5:18)?

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Just because a person thinks that their father, and his father, and his father, will be in Heaven while doing things that today’s son has just realized is actually labeled as a sin in the Bible, does not mean that such a son will be entering into Heaven with that knowledge and continuing to do as his fathers. Besides, we are not the judge of Heaven and Hell. That decision is up to God. So, who knows? Just maybe all of those fathers will not be in Heaven. That means our standard of what we would think is permissible is probably off when comparing ourselves with others. The Bible is the only standard and we are judged individually of what we know and do. So, is it worth the risk to point to prior generations of ignorance to permit continuing to sin with today’s knowledge? Is Heaven worth losing by risking being wrong?

Friday, August 02, 2019

Did you know that many people wear themselves out without exercising, and it is not in a good way? Just like using one arm to lift weights for hours while the rest of the body does nothing can wear out the muscles in that arm, the stomach is the same way. Eating all day long nibbling here and nibbling there keeps the stomach muscles active, and they can wear out, and this in turn tires out the body. No wonder so many people say they do not have much energy to do this or that. Maybe if they stop eating all day, they will have more energy. So, how often do you wear out your stomach muscles?

Thursday, August 01, 2019

So many people say that the Bible is so hard to understand. How about trying to understand it without the personal agenda? If a person tries to prove that alcohol is fine for consumption, yes, they are going to see that Bible as being contradictory. But when a person seeks to know what the Bible says on alcohol use, they will find the non-contradictory understanding. So, how do you see the Bible?

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Outward Christianity alone does not make one a Christian. Jesus says that such are “whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27). And Paul predicted that the last generation church would be full of such people “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5). The true “gospel of Christ” “is the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). Now, do you have the true gospel that makes one a Christian on the inside by ceasing from their sins or the one that is lacking power?

Monday, July 29, 2019

A sign of a true Christian is always giving of themselves. A sign of an unconverted person is thinking first of themselves. What do you do?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

The biggest idol in people’s lives is time. They think that time is their own and maybe they will give an hour once a week to God and go to church. And that is a big maybe. In reality, all of it is God’s time. And if any time is used selfishly that is when it becomes an idol. Employment (Proverbs 6:6), Bible Study (2 Timothy 2:15), gospel sharing (Mark 16:15), home maintenance (Proverbs 6:6), proper parent involvement (Proverbs 22:6), exercise (3 John 1:2), are examples of using time for God’s sake. Vegging out in front of the TV (Psalms 101:3), getting more hours of sleep than the body needs (Proverbs 26:14), sitting around gossiping (Proverbs 10:18), are all examples of using time in an idol-like manner. So, how do you use time?

Friday, July 26, 2019

God’s way of curing us of sin is not just cutting back. Jesus said, “go, and sin no more” (John 8:11). He did not say, “go, and reduce your sinning”. Therefore, the alcoholic that reduces the number of servings of alcohol per day, per week is not really accomplishing anything great in the sight of God. The same is true with smoking. Reducing the number smoked per day, per week is nothing to rejoice about. Reducing the amount of caffeine is nothing to get excited about. We may call it “cold turkey”, but God says, “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14). So, do you believe you have been made whole, or are you patting yourself on the back as a practicing sinner still?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

There is a difference between having the knowledge of God and knowing God. Knowing God is having a true, daily experience with God. The other is treating God as something to be studied or acknowledged as existing. Which do you have?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Persecution is allowed of God because Christians, as all people, have a tendency to become comfortable. We know this to be so because most churches are into entertaining their flock today as opposed to going forth and preaching the gospel. Even society has resisted hearing “the gospel” yet a sign of the last days will be that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). Therefore, as in the early church, when worldwide persecution happens, “they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Seeing that today Christian persecution is on the rise, are you knowledgeable in the gospel to be able to go and preach it?

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The early church practiced not holding a grudge, even against persecutors. Regarding Stephen being stoned to death, Acts 7:60 says, “And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.” Too many Christians still practice “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” (Matthew 5:38), however, Jesus taught, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39). It is one thing to not be in someone’s company because of persecution, but it is another thing to be carrying a grudge. So, how many people who have mistreated you do you hold grudges against?

Monday, July 22, 2019

According to Acts 7:53, the early church, through Stephen, accused the church of not keeping the law. Today, hardly any Christian keeps the Ten Commandments despite Paul writing, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2). So, are you just as guilty by not keeping the law and using faith and grace as an excuse to break them, or do you actually love Jesus and keep His commandments (John 14:15)?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

In the early church, Stephen was not afraid to say to religious leaders, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers [did], so [do] ye” (Acts 7:51). Most people in position, be it a minister or office holder, are in it because it is a good job. Most are not in it because the Spirit has driven them. The more popular they are, the less likely they are going to preach the truth because the truth is not popular. That does not mean they will lie. It means that they will leave the unpopular part out. It is easy to condemn the act of doing drugs and being a glutton, but it is another thing to condemn the act of every lie being told by mentioning even the little ones, eating properly by avoiding certain creatures, and even worshipping on the Sabbath day. And today’s Christians are eating up these falsehoods because “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3). So, what type of messages do you like listening to? The ones that make you change your life, or the ones that make you comfortable?

Friday, July 19, 2019

From Acts 7:1 through 50, Stephen recalled step by step the history of the Jewish people. Of course, he got cut off, but what he did recount is much of the history that today’s Christians question, including the crossing of the Red Sea. If it were just fables, why would a person whose life is on the line bring up as a list of fables before his judges? He would not. He would stick to the true evidence to save his life. Therefore, all that Christians today that think they are too smart for believing these things as accurate and real are in reality duped by evolutionists, even atheists. So, do you believe the story of Joseph, and Moses, and others to be literal, or have you too been duped?

Thursday, July 18, 2019

In the early church, when Stephen was brought to trial for preaching in the name of Jesus, “all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). When the Bible says that we are to reflect Christ, it physically can happen. Even Moses had to “put a vail on his face” (Exodus 34:33). But this type of reflection is only by the God fearing, God obeying, wholly consecrated person. Is that something you are striving for?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

According to Acts 6:10, regular church folk had superior wisdom in comparison to the unconverted, even in comparison with the religious leaders. This wisdom just does not happen automatically. Between feeding the Word of God into one’s soul and then “take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say” (Luke 12:11-12). But the Holy Ghost cannot pull out the words if they are not there. So, are you feeding yourself God’s Word on a regular basis, or do you have enough of God time once a week, barely?

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

“Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people” (Acts 6:8) shows that miracles continued beyond the day of Pentecost, but they seem very lacking today. That is because today’s Christians are just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They explain away miracles of the Bible. They discredit the acts of God. So, why would God perform a miracle then? He would not. In fact, supposed miracles today are mostly of the devil because they “deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast” (Revelation 13:14). Now, how do you treat the miracles of the Bible?

Monday, July 15, 2019

In electing a person to church position, it was based upon “honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:3). It was not like running for political office. It was not to be a popularity contest. It was to be a quality or character selection. So, how are people placed in office in your church?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

According Acts 6:2, the early church believed that people have assigned tasks. Preachers were to focus upon the Word of God and Saving souls. Deacons were to take care of local and personal needs. Both tasks were worthy and important. Even deacons had the opportunity to speak the Word of truth, and the preachers did not ignore everyone’s needs. The roles were not in a hierarchy but simply filling the need the best. Just like today, both men and women have their primary roles because they are blessed of God in that area. The primary teacher of children ought to be women, while men ought to be the bread winner. That does not mean women cannot work, and it does not mean that men cannot take care of the children, but to throw children unnecessarily into daycare so both can follow their careers is what Satan wants because he does not want parents teaching the children at all. He wants society to corrupt the children. And he has been doing a very good job at because there are now more atheists than there are Christians in this country. So, are you fulfilling your role properly, or are you jealously sacrificing the God given responsibilities just to prove you are equal?

Friday, July 12, 2019

According to Acts 5:42, the early church was “daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” Yet today, many say that everyone has their own religion and should be left alone, as to silence that preaching of the true Jesus. They say that religion is a private matter despite Jesus saying, “go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:7). It is part of the worldwide COEXIST movement in which to declare Christianity superior to any other religion is somehow ungodly. So, do you share the true gospel with others whenever you can, or do “respect” other people’s belief that you keep it to yourself?

Thursday, July 11, 2019

In Acts Acts 5:34-39, “a Pharisee, named Gamaliel” said these famous words, “if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God” (verse 39). Basically, God used one of the “enemy” to protect the apostles. As today, much more harm could come upon today’s Christians, but we must trust that God has His was already prepared. So, how much do you trust God and His ways of handling things?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The early church faced threats of death for staying true to God (Acts 5:33), but it is at that time that we are to “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Yet, in this COEXIST world, it seems that no one stands for anything anymore. So. What do you stand for?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The early church believed that to be a follower of Christ meant more than just belief. The believed we were to “obey him” (Acts 5:32). So, how much obeying do you do, or do you do as you please claiming only “believing”?

Sunday, July 07, 2019

The early church believed “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29), yet so many denominations give into to the demands of society. It is amazing that there were no women pastors or leaders and yet, once the feminist movement became something to be reckoned with, we have them now. The same is true with LGBQ movement. Even simple things of being against movies but once TV came about, now churches offer movie nights. So, is your church given into the whims of society or are they staying true to God’s Word even if attendance goes down?

Friday, July 05, 2019

It is said, “Those that are ignorant of the past tend to repeat it.” A step further is to say, “Those that do not know history cannot understand Bible prophecy.” So, how much history do you know?

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Today is Independence Day in the United States. We celebrate being independent from the tyranny of the King of England. But there is a more important tyranny to be free from that people just do not seem to care about and that is sins and Satan. It is so important that our eternal life depends upon it. “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18). Is that you or are you still under tyranny and sinning?

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

According to the early church, “And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison” (Acts 5:18). In the last days, the same shall happen. “They shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake” (Luke 21:12). So, do you think Christianity gets along with society, or by example, draws animosity from the world?

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

According to Acts 5:12-16, many miracle healings took place in the early church that even a shadow of the apostles caused healing to happen. Why does that not happen today? And no, do not tell me that some televangelists have that power. The power I am referring to that comes from God goes outside of the church building and heals. People like Benny Hinn ought to go to hospitals and heal people if they really have the gift. So again, where is the gift today? In Jesus’ day, the disciples asked the same thing. “Why could not we cast him out?” (Matthew 17:19) Jesus’ answer was, “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21). It is called obedience or the lack thereof today that is causing the problem. According to Proverbs 28:9, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.” Today’s Christians have done away with the Ten Commandments making their prayers null and void towards God. That is why there is no power to perform these miracles. They also discredit God’s Word, the Bible. Do you really think God is going to work miracles through such people? So, what is your attitude towards the Ten Commandments and the Bible?

Monday, July 01, 2019

In Acts 5:1-11, is the story of how a little lie was not tolerated in the early church. Today, church members regularly participate in what they call “white lies”. The word “white” implies purity, but there is nothing pure about a lie for all sin is the color of black or darkness in the Bible. So, has modern society corrupted your ways where you justify lying of any sort, or do you avoid all lying because even though you may not be struck dead immediately like “Ananias, with Sapphira his wife” (Acts 5:1), the second death is still before you?

Sunday, June 30, 2019

According to Acts 4:32-45, they made sure everyone in the church was taken care of with the apostles making the wise choices. This was not welfare, but with persecution from the Jews, it was pretty hard to make a living. As they remained faithful, their basic needs were met. Unlike today. With the health, wealth, and prosperity gospel, it seems the preachers are the ones getting the wealth to keep for themselves. Is that who you support, or do you support a Christ-like figure Who distributed to others and had no place to lay His head (Matthew 8:20)?

Friday, June 28, 2019

When the presence of the Holy Spirit came upon the early church, they did not crawl around like children, bark like dogs, laugh uncontrollably, or even speak in unknown tongues, “they spake the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). So, what spirit possess you, God’s or the Devil’s?

Thursday, June 27, 2019

According to Acts 4:19, the early church invited judgment of their actions, which they too were judging other people’s actions. Therefore, the notion that we are not to judge people’s actions is just another way of saying, “Let me do whatever sin I want without being made to feel guilty.” The only judgment we cannot make is the final destination of a person. So, do you “judge righteous judgment” (John 7:24), or do you allow society to prevent you from judging?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

According to Acts 4:18, Peter and John were commanded “not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.” Peter and John disobeyed the command, but today’s ministers cave. Numerous ministers are asked to offer a public prayer, and where they used to end with “In Jesus name”, they replace with just saying, “Amen”. They leave out Jesus from the prayers so as to be inclusive. Therefore, many ministers today are denying Jesus and ought not be listened to for “whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). So, are you accepting of this generic praying?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

According to Acts 4:17, the early church lived under threats but that did not deter them. So, do threats change how you live your Christianity?

Monday, June 24, 2019

The early church was made up of the “unlearned and ignorant”. They did not have college degrees, nor do you have to have one. So, what is holding you back from teaching others the gospel?

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The early church was bold with Christianity and not timid in trying to win souls (Acts 4:13). Too many Christians think they can win souls by simply wearing a t-shirt or a piece of jewelry. In fact, a lot of Christians who are questioned about their Christianity will clam up, coil up, make excuses for it. We need to be bold knowing full well it is the true religion. We are not to be bold by picketing against funerals. We are not to be bold to be disruptive. In fact, we are not to be bold and organize marches. We are to be bold when Christianity is challenged. We are to boldly share the truth when invited without making excuse for it. Of course, that requires knowing what true Christianity is. So, do you know what our true beliefs are?

Friday, June 21, 2019

The early church believed that God’s true religion was the Jewish race until Christ came and said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). In other words, they believed now the true religion is Christian. They did not accept any other religion for to deny Christ was to deny salvation “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), and Christ “is become the head of the corner” (Acts 4:11). So, do you believe like the early church, or have you been brainwashed into thinking we all serve the same God denying the purpose of Christ?

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The early church believed in continued miracles after Jesus’ death and resurrection (Acts 4:10). Many of today’s Christians do not believe in miracles. They believe that there are scientific reasons for everything stated as an act of God in the Bible. Walking on water was because of the water hardness or ice; turning water into wine was actually the filling of pots that still had a bit of wine stuck to the sides flavoring the water; feeding of the 5,000 and 4,000 was through the means of other food sources, etc. Even Old Testament stories are dismissed like Noah’s flood being an exaggeration of a localized flood, the Red Sea crossing being a fluke moment in which the tide pulled out, Sodom being destroyed by a nearby volcano, etc. So, do you take the Bible as it states, or do you believe they were ignorant people who called everything that was unexplainable a miracle?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

According to Acts 4:7, the apostles indeed had power. They had power from on high. 2 Peter 1:3 tells us “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” Therefore, the early church believed they had power. They believed that no sin was too great to overcome. They believed “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Today’s Christians are just “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). They do not think they can live in complete obedience to the commandments. They do not believe they can stop sinning. They truly do not believe. So, do you truly believe in Jesus Who gives you power to overcome all sin, or do you not believe in Jesus and lack God’s gift – divine power?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sure, the early church grew because they believed, but they believed the Word of God (Acts 4:4), however, today’s “believe” movement is more of acknowledgement, while the early church was action upon it. In other words, if a person sees a sign that says, “Cliff ahead”, today’s Christian will acknowledge that there indeed is a cliff but not slow down and end up going over the edge, while the early church would heed the warning, take precautions, and may even change the path they were on. Even “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19), but they are not saved. Believing is not just acknowledgement; it is a reaction. And a Christian reaction is to obey what is written for “if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed” (2 Thessalonians 3:14), and “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8). So, does your belief in Jesus involve obedience like the early church, or does it simply allow you to do whatever you want still, like the devil wants?

Monday, June 17, 2019

According to Acts 4:2, the early church taught “Jesus the resurrection from the dead”. That was a big deal because they believed when a person dies, “the dead know not any thing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5). In fact, “now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20). In other words, people sleep unconsciously in the grave. Except for Enoch and Elijah, who were taken alive into Heaven, and Moses, who also was resurrected, no one else had come up from the grave. They did not believe that people went to Heaven or Hell in any form upon death. That is what makes our future resurrection such a miracle, when “the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live” (John 5:25). “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). So, do you believe differently from the early church by putting souls or spirits into Heaven already, which is a form of worshipping the dead, a forbidden act in the Bible, or do you believe like the established early church that it will be a the second coming?

Sunday, June 16, 2019

In the early church, “the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees” (Acts 4:1) “laid hands on them, and put [them] in hold unto the next day” (Acts 4:3). They were willing to defy authority who had forbidden to teach in the name of Jesus even if that meant going to jail. Today’s Christians simply go along with government rules. The government legitimizes LGBQ+ movement and so does Christianity. The government legitimizes vaccines and so does Christianity. What this does is make government superior to God. So, which is superior to you – God or government?

Friday, June 14, 2019

The early church taught that there is to be no continuing in sin by stating “God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities” (Acts 3:26). So, by the grace of God, are you removing all of your sins, even the so-called little ones, or are you just claiming to be born again and living like the world?

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The early church was under the Abraham covenant in which “in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed” (Acts 3:25). Christians are to be a blessing to the world. If a person is not a blessing but rather obnoxious, grumpy, or down right selfish, they are not a Christian. So, how much of a blessing are you?

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The early church accepted all of the scriptures in addition to the writings of Moses “from Samuel and those that follow after” (Acts 3:24). How much of the Old Testament scriptures do you accept?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The early church believed that obedience to the words of Jesus was part of salvation, for they taught, “it shall come to pass, [that] every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people” (Acts 3:23), where “hear” does not just mean to have it go into the ears. Hear results in doing what is heard. Of course, today we have the Bible containing the words of Jesus, therefore, it is more of seeing it and then living it. So, do you simply believe in Jesus, or do you also do as Jesus has said (John 14:15, 23)?

Monday, June 10, 2019

The early church used Old Testament scriptures by referring to the writings of Moses (Acts 3:22) unlike today’s Christian who believe that the New Testament replaces the Old when there are plenty of Old Testament prophecies yet to be fulfilled; God declares that He does not change; and we even get the definition of grace directly from Moses and is not defined in the New Testament as clearly as it is in the Old. In fact, it is said that the New reveals the Old, and the Old explains the New. Even Jesus used the Old Testament scriptures to formulate His teachings to Christians, though they were not called such until after His death and resurrection. So, are you an imbalanced Christian leaving out the Old Testament, or do you accept all of the scriptures?

Sunday, June 09, 2019

The early church obeyed every command of Jesus as they were told “hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you” (Acts 3:22), which was a prophecy when Jesus walked the earth, but His teachings are with us this day in the form of the Bible. The point is, how can one Christian say that smoking is a sin while another says it is not, and both be right? How can one Christian say that drinking alcohol is a sin while another says it is not, and both be right? How can one Christian say that wearing the immodest swimwear of the day is a sin while another sports mere strings as a bikini, and both be right? The simple fact is that the Word of God, the Bible, is clear and not contradictory on these teachings. It is humans that will pick out a single verse out of context and make it a doctrine or an allowance while ignoring straight forward verses on the matter. So, do you follow Christ’s commands, or do you ignore the Bible?

Friday, June 07, 2019

The early church believed that repentance and conversion was required. Acts 3:19 states, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Repentance is to stop sinning. Conversion is to live a different life as outlined by God through His Word. Therefore, if a person does not stop sinning and does not live a righteous life, they do not go to Heaven. This notion of “just believe” is therefore satanic. Also, the notion that people can believer whatever they want is also satanic because to be converted means that we are changed into something specific. If one believes they are to be converted into a child while another thinks they are to be like a flower in the breeze being carefree we have confusion, which is of Satan. According to 1 John 3:2, Christians are to be like Christ. That is specific dos and don’ts obeying as He obeyed. So, are you converted? Have you truly repented of your sins?

Thursday, June 06, 2019

The early church practiced giving the benefit of the doubt. While stating that the Jews handed Jesus over to be crucified, Peter quickly followed up with, “I wot that through ignorance ye did [it], as [did] also your rulers” (Acts 3:17). Of course, ignorance is not always an excuse to allow getting away with something not to stay in ignorance, but nonetheless, the invitation was made. So, do you drive a person to the point of getting upset by holding them to an act they committed, or do you look for a way to basically point out the same wrong act but still offer a way that is not so stabbing?

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The Bible says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he” (Proverbs 23:7). And we are told, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). Therefore, if we think like Christ, we would be Christ-like. If we do not think like Christ but call ourselves Christian, we are so in name only. And everyone that thinks that they are independent thinkers, think again. The Bible says that the world leaders, under the power of the Antichrist, which is alive and kicking, is formulating all minds into their agenda even if you do not think you are being manipulated (Revelation 17:13 – “These have one mind”). So, how do you think?

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Although Peter was able to give a lame man something of value in Acts 3:6 by saying, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6), this tells us that the early church was careful in distributing funds to all those who claim to be in need. That is very much how we ought to be today. Just because someone holds up a sign declaring how homeless they are and willing to work for food does not mean they are in need. Providing means to many of these people may be the wrong act, and as responsible stewards of God’s funds, we need to choose wisely. When we know the actual need and it is a true need, we have the responsibility to step in and help. If we just willingly had funds to anyone, we are actually helping ourselves to have a “feel good” moment when in fact we may be helping a shyster fake their homeless needs or encouraging bad behavior like alcoholism. Some good tests are offering the beggar to a restaurant to see if they really are hungry, offering the person holding a gas can to a gas station to see if they really need gas, etc. So, how careful are you with God’s money, which is all of it?

Monday, June 03, 2019

The early church added saved people to their church. They did not try to save people through church for they knew that church was “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). Today, we have all kinds of worldly attractions to get the world to sit in the pew in hopes that they will join the church permanently, even maybe show that they are saved by some profession at some point that will allow them to forever claim to be saved despite not showing complete transformation -- proper fruit. Through movie night, amusement rides, even gambling, all such activities seem to be allowed all being no different than the tables of merchandise that Jesus overthrew. So, do you belong to a social club, or do you attend a church that helps work out sins from your life?

Sunday, June 02, 2019

The early church experienced Christianity as a daily activity by “continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” (Acts 2:46), while today, less than 30% of Christians assemble together. There’s soccer, sleeping in, conflicting schedules, sports viewing, family, etc. that seems to get in the way. And these people think they will be spending eternity with God? They cannot even find a moment now. So, are you caught up in the world and too busy for God, or do you spend daily time with Him especially in His Word?

Friday, May 31, 2019

The early church “had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all [men], as every man had need” (Acts 2:44-45). This was not communism. All things belong to God. And as one brother saw another being unfairly treated to the point of not being able to provide for his family, another would step in for the sake of Christ and provide. Holding things in common did not mean Nicodemus or Joseph of Arimathaea instantly went from wealthy to average, but as they did at the cross, they knew the disciples could not afford to bury Jesus, and so they took care of it. There is nothing wrong with wealth, if used properly. So, how do you manage your means?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The early church “continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine” (Acts 2:42). That means what Matthew, John, James, and Peter wrote, for they were the apostles of Jesus while Jesus walked the earth, the early church continued in, yet Christians today try to throw out John’s many calls to keeping the commandments. They try to throw out Peter’s call to godliness. They try to throw out James’ call to showing faith through works. And they try to throw out Matthew’s gospel for the many references to “do” Christianity instead of simply saying that one is a Christian. Of course, Paul is also considered an apostle (Romans 1:1) and despite Christians quoting Romans and Galatians a lot, any call to obedience (Romans 6:16) seems to also be thrown out today. Basically, today’s Christians want to be such in name only and not actually live it. So, are you a name only Christian or do you actually “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27) by living it?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The experience of the early church was that “they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). In other words, they accepted the words of Peter even as being words from God. And one thing that Peter wrote of his words was, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20-21), yet today, most Christians do not accept the Bible to be anything special. They believe it to simply be an outdated book when in fact it was written by prophets under the movement of the Holy Spirit. It was not written by prophets when not under the movement of the Holy Spirit, and it was not written by mere men either that simply wrote things down. In other words, “Jesus the author” (Hebrews 12:2) and the prophets, which was every person that has a book in the Bible, they were “the pen of a ready writer” (Psalms 45:1). So, how do you treat the scriptures? As words from Jesus inspired by the Holy Spirit into the writers, or mere human beings no different than some other author writing fiction?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The early church believed that they need to be saved out of the influence of the world and not be participating in it, unlike today’s Christians who seem to copy the world playing the same video games, watching the same garbage, risking their lives in the same foolish manner, seeking the corporate ladder, etc. The were told, “Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40). This generation seems to “Christianize” the garbage and call it a holy experience. So, are you caught up in the ways of the world even if “Jesus” is mentioned in it, or are you saving yourself from it through the power of Jesus Christ?

Monday, May 27, 2019

The early church taught, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Unfortunately, most Christians just “believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8). Which is it then? It is both. We do not pit the scriptures against each other but rather they form a picture with multiple pieces. To repent is to believe, but as “the devils also believe, and tremble” (James 2:19), our reaction if we believe in Jesus is to repent, which is to send sin into remission. Sure, we shall be tempted for the rest of our lives to sin, but we do not have to fulfill the temptation. But today’s Christians simply mouth the words of belief, get baptized, and continue sinning. That is not true belief; that is not repentance either. So, are you a Christian like the early church, or are you just a name only Christian of today?

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Continuing on with the early church not believing in immediate Heaven and Hell, Peter emphatically stated, in Acts 2:34, “For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand.” It actually makes sense. Why should Cain be suffering in hell for 1 murder for almost 6,000 years and Hitler be suffering only 70 or so years? Why should Abel get to enjoy Heaven 6,000 years ahead of saved people that die today? All of such theology negates the need of a resurrection as well. So, do you believe as Peter taught that no one gets to ascend into Heaven until the resurrection (except Enoch, Elijah, and Moses), or do you negate the resurrection teaching of the “last day” (John 11:24) with putting people there now?

Friday, May 24, 2019

As proof that the early church did not believe in immediate Heaven or Hell after death, they used “the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day” (Acts 2:29). If they were to dig up his body, it would still be there. And there is no such thing as a person’s soul going on while leaving the body behind for the Bible defines a soul as equivalent to the person themselves: “And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). A person does not have a soul. If they are alive, they are a soul. After listening to Peter’s message, the Bible states, “they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41). Certainly 3,000 ghostly figures did not join the church but rather 3,000 living human beings did, showing that a person is a soul and not having a soul. So, when you pass a graveyard, do you see it as shells of bodies missing souls, or do you accept the words of God that people are “dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19) without promise of immediate Heaven?

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The early church believed that Jesus was resurrected (Acts 2:24). Some Christians do not believe that Jesus rose from the tomb. If that is the case, then we have no hope in coming from the grave either. On the other hand, many Christians believe that when a person dies, they go to Heaven or Hell right away in some form, spirit or soul. If that were so, then the resurrection of Jesus is no big deal, but if people remain in a state of soul sleep instead, then it is a big event and then this verse make sense as well: “the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” (Matthew 27:52-53). So, do you believe like Martha, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day” (John 11:24) and not before the “last day”, or have you been duped into some form of life immediately after death, even in reincarnation?

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The early church believed that Jesus performed “miracles and wonders and signs” (Acts 2:22), and not illusions, magic tricks, or even coincidental events. So, do you believe in the Bible miracles or do you cast off the stories as just that, stories, even exaggerations?

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The early church believed in salvation only through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Acts 2:21), not like today’s Christians who accept the god of the Muslims, Hindus, and many other religions that are not Christian. So, which God do you believe in that saves – the true God or the pluralistic fake god?

Monday, May 20, 2019

The early church was aware of the signs that Jesus foretold of the coming of the “great and notable day of the Lord come” (Acts 2:19-20). Are you aware of the signs or do you just take for granted each day that passes?

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The early church believed in modern day prophets according to Acts 2:17. Do you?

Friday, May 17, 2019

The early church relied upon taking the words of prior prophets at face value as Peter quoted from “the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16). Also, current events were being compared to see if the prophecies were coming true. Now, are you studying current events in light of Bible prophecy like the early church?

Thursday, May 16, 2019

The early church accepted the Words of men because they were no longer mere men but prophets of God for Peter said, “hearken to my words”, and the people did. So much so that “the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:41), and yet, we have even Christians today that tear up the writings of Peter and the rest of the Bible, meaning, today’s Christians do not “hearken to” the words of Peter or any of God’s prophets. Do you “hearken”?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Yes, the early church experienced the ability “to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:4), however, we have to understand it in reference to other verses of the Bible or the Bible will appear to contradict itself. The other reference is that “ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Therefore, proper speaking in tongues is to go forth out of the church and witness to unbelievers. And seeing that the Bible was careful enough to list all of the understandable languages (Acts 2:9-11), true speaking in tongues is understandable by other human beings. So, are you able to discern that speaking in unknown tongues is selfish which “edifieth himself” instead of “edifieth the church” (1 Corinthians 14:4) and “shall speak into the air” (1 Corinthians 14:9) like blowing a lot of hot air, while speaking in true tongues causes the reaction of people to utter “how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” (Acts 2:8)?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

According to Acts 1:16, the early church was interested in scripture being “fulfilled”, which means, they studied prophecy. We have prophecies in Daniel, Revelation, and elsewhere that all need to be fulfilled. Are you studying them to see if they are?

Monday, May 13, 2019

The early church was in “one accord” and not the 42,000 different beliefs we have today. Even Jesus prayed, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one” (John 17:21-22). Yet, everyone wants to think they can believe how they want and still consider themselves saved. There is “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5), therefore that means such thought is wrong and people are risking eternal life. Money is replaceable if a person makes a wrong financial choice. Education is replaceable if a person makes a wrong career choice. A vehicle is replaceable if one is in the wrong place and the wrong time. But eternal life is not. So, are you gambling with eternal life thinking that your thoughts are just fine, or do you make sure it is solidly in agreement with the proper understanding of God’s Word?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The early church kept the Sabbath day, sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Remember, the book of Acts was written by a Gentile named Luke, many years after most of these events were recorded. He certainly was not present during Pentecost, yet, he makes specific note to state, “Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey” (Acts 1:12). If he were not a Sabbath keeper, then he would have simply stated, “Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet”. So, are you a Sabbath keeper; or do you keep a day created hundreds of years later by Constantine and adopted by the compromising church to appease the pagans; or do you not keep any day, which is even worse?

Friday, May 10, 2019

When the early church received the power of the “Holy Ghost”, they were to “be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8), not gathering in churches to speak a bunch of words that outsiders declare are a bunch of babbling fools. So, if you declare to have the Holy Spirit upon you, what do you do in sharing the gospel with all those around you, or are you just thinking selfishly speaking in tongues is the gift?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Before departing, Jesus told the early church, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7), so God’s people today would not be setting dates, however, “When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors” (Matthew 24:32-33). And from the signs, we can know today that Jesus is even at the doors of returning soon, as in, probably our lifetimes. As one preacher said, those born in the 1960s and later will probably see Jesus come. There are so many blatant, not just suggestive, but blatant signs that have ripened the fruit that it cannot be long. Unfortunately, too many to elaborate here, but the early church indeed was to look for signs. The fact that all world governments and all world religions have united on one topic only since 2015 is the biggest sign of all. The one world government and religion is here. Are you ready for it?

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Angels told the early church “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). This was a physical ascension where every eye saw Jesus ascend, and they were told that Jesus is coming back the exact same way. We are also told, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen” (Revelation 1:7). They did not experience nor teach a secret rapture. So, do you believe in a secret rapture, which is not true, or do you believe like the early church?

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The early church taught that “David is not ascended into the heavens” (Acts 2:34), yet so many believe that when a person dies that their spirit or soul floats off to Heaven or Hell. Does it really make sense that Cain would be in hell for these thousands of years burning when Hitler would be in hell a mere 70 years or so? Further, by believing people actually go to Heaven and Hell right away negates all the references to the day of resurrection throughout the Bible. The truth of the matter is that people sleep in the grave (John 11:11-14). Anything else is called spiritualism and is forbidden belief and is even predicted to be believed in the last days: “the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1). So, are you given into spiritualism believing someone is in Heaven already, outside of Moses, Elijah, and Enoch, or do you believe we all enter Heaven on the great resurrection day?

Monday, May 06, 2019

The early church “had all things common”, which does not mean communal or even a socialistic environment. They looked after one another and worked together in sharing the gospel. Today, many Christians do not know that other fellow Christians may honestly be struggling and need help, nor do they really want to recognize that. Whatever others are doing to share the gospel is often not shared in a larger effort to have more impact in the world. Too many distractions, like TV, pull the workers away from each other. Most Christians also are all about a once a week gathering for church and the rest of the week, they keep to themselves. So, do you get involved in the lives and mission of others at church, or do you believe everything you have is completely yours, especially your time?

Sunday, May 05, 2019

The early church practiced eating meat without the blood (Acts 15:20, 15:29, 21:25). If you eat meat, do you do so without the blood?

Friday, May 03, 2019

This is the description of the people in the first century church: “But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean” (Acts 10:14). Yet, today Christians eat all kinds of unclean things along with churches promoting them, especially pig roasts. The status of “unclean” was not a ceremonial thing regarding animals and having people think Jesus lifted the restriction in His earthly life. Even in the days of Noah (Genesis 7:2), he knew what animals were healthy and which ones were God’s garbage disposals, which retain toxins. Though a goat, a cow, and a pig may eat the same things at times, the pig digests it all while the goat and the cow will poop it out. Whole candy bar wrappers have known to be intact after passing through a cow while not so with a pig. So, are you able to say, “I am not eating anything that is unclean”, or are you just carelessly feeding your body unhealthy contents?

Thursday, May 02, 2019

This is the description of the early church: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42). Today, we seem to have 42,000 different doctrinal churches. Do you not think at least one of these denominations are wrong? And seeing that “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9), it appears that doctrines do matter. So, are you making sure you have Christ’s doctrines, or are you just going to take the risk to see if you are part of the one true doctrinal church or not?

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

From the scripture yesterday, there is a big difference between Christians of the early church and today. “They that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). They believed in God’s Word, the Bible. Instead, today we have Christians attacking the Bible. We expect that from non-believers but from Christians? No one is born good. Everyone is born selfish, so we need to learn good from somewhere. Nations have proved that society does not know good automatically either. In fact, doing good is not in anyone and even at an old age, selfishness naturally reigns. Saying that once a person is born again that somehow, they know what is good is nonsense especially since so many Christians contradict on what is and is not acceptable. We have Christians today that support abortion!!! Therefore, there is only one source that all can agree upon for the definition of what is and is not acceptable. “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). So, do you attack the Bible or submit to its teachings?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

There is a big difference between Christians of the early church and today. “They that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Every member was able to preach the Word of God. Today, Christians let everyone believe whatever they want to believe. There was no thinking that they believed in the “same God”. There was no thinking “what someone wants to believe is fine”. If they were not a Christian, they were taught the Word of God! So, are you able to preach the Word of God, or do you just attend church for social reasons and not for learning?

Monday, April 29, 2019

Forced vaccines, forced acceptance, forced anything is of the devil. Good should be able to speak for itself. So, what do you force upon others?

Sunday, April 28, 2019

They say, “We are what we eat”, and that is pretty much true in the general sense. If we eat healthy foods, we will be healthy. If we eat junk food, we will feel like junk. The same is true with our minds. If we fill them with holy thoughts, we shall become holy. If we feed them worldly thoughts, we will become worldly. So, are you worldly or godly?

Friday, April 26, 2019

The words, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalms 51:2) is not simply asking for forgiveness. The word “thoroughly” goes beyond mere forgiveness. We need to have every desire of repeating the sin removed from us. So, how do you ask for forgiveness? Do you ask to just remove from the record of the sin committed or have complete removal of wanting to do it again?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How many honestly believe that a diet that allows a person to eat anything they want, not require exercise, and eat any quantity of food they want will yield positive results in losing weight? We would say that such is a gimmick. Guess what? The greatest gimmick of all is being pulled right now upon Christians. Christians seem to think they are allowed to break the commandments, live however they want, do whatever they want, and yet expect to go to Heaven in the end. So, are you listening to Satan’s gimmick, or are you living in obedience to God’s commandments, living according to the biblical expectation of a Christian, and restricting one’s life to only that which is acceptable unto God (Ephesians 5:10)?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jesus said, “as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37). The Bible says of Noah’s time, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Now think, what tools do you think Satan would use intensely to have people thinking evil continuously, even coveting that of laziness? It is something that the 1800’s and prior did not have to worry about or worry much about? I suggest that it is TV and the movies, even in the mildest sense. I suggest that it is music, even in the mildest sense. I suggest that it is the numerous publications, public broadcasting, and even public education. All of these, in one form or another, instigate rebellion even if it is for righteous acts. It certainly does not promote turning the other cheek. So, are you influenced by these things in one form or another, or do you resist the use of these objects?

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Let me get this straight. Satan and his angels got kicked out of Heaven over disobedience. Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden plunging this world into a lost condition over disobedience. Cain is rejected over disobedience. Many people died in their sins over disobedience. Jesus came, lived a sinless life, and died for us over disobedience. Jesus taught, “if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). Paul taught, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16). And there are countless New Testament verses in the Bible that describe how a Christian is to live and how a lost person lives. But today, we have numerous, like almost all of the preachers teaching that it does not matter if you obey or not and that people are saved in their disobedience. Sounds like the words of Jesus coming true. “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:11), and “Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). So, have you been deceived into believing you can be careless about sinning, or are you part of the few living in obedience?

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Bible says, “be not partakers of her sins” (Revelation 18:4), “be ye separate” (2 Corinthians 6:17), “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14), and much more, and yet, many Christians link up with unbelievers, go into business with unbelievers, pal around with unbelievers, party with unbelievers, and pretty much enjoy life with unbelievers. Guess what! Such will get to burn with unbelievers despite declaring to be saved. “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). Basically, salvation is conditional. So, who do you associate closely with?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Today, many Christians recognize the resurrection of Jesus using the name Easter. Later, they will participate in egg hunts, provide chocolate bunnies, maybe marshmallow chicks, and other candy assortments. What do those things have to do with the resurrection of Jesus? Nothing. It is all handed down from the original name, the goddess of fertility known as Ishtar. The Bible provides only one means of acknowledging the death, burial, and resurrection. It is called baptism. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4). Jesus also instituted the foot washing (John 13:14) and communion services as well (Luke 22:19-20). If we were obliged to keep Easter as a holy day, it would have been instituted before the close of the Bible, and most definitely mentioned afterwards by Jesus when He remained 40 days on earth after the resurrection. So, what are you really celebrating if you are keeping this day in any religious manner?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Do not wish your life away. God has given you this day. Enjoy it. Use it responsibly. Too many people seem to not be able to wait for Spring or Summer or graduation or …. So, what are you waiting for?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

After a night sleep, the first thoughts of the day are usually the most important thoughts. So, how many times do you think about God firs thing in the morning?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The world is crazed with superhero movies and TV shows, yet the greatest enemy to fight is against Satan and his instruments of temptation and sin. In reality, those who “be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” go unnoticed, and if noticed, they are criticized. They are definitely not recognized as heroes but as a “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17). Those are the people that Heaven recognizes as heroes, endowed with God’s “divine power” (2 Peter 1:3), “we are more than conquerors”. So, do you root for pagan heroes by attending their movies and watching them on TV, or are you a real hero fighting with “mercy and truth” (Proverbs 16:6)?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Life is fragile so that people would not risk sinning since they do not know when they shall die, but even that does not deter everyone for many die in their sinful acts every day. The second coming is not given as a specific appointment on a calendar because people would choose to sin more seeing the time is yet distant, in fact, there are people in both situations that sin thinking that that they can pull “a thief on the cross” conversion, also known as a death bed conversion. That is the ultimate gamble that is not worth the risk. Is that your attitude too, or have you chosen to live every day for Jesus and not for self (1 Corinthians 15:31)?

Monday, April 15, 2019

The fear in the religious world is not like that of the Pharisees. They were trying to merit their way to Heaven going beyond the expected obedience of what a saved person was to be like. Today, it is the opposite. Christians promote grace so much so that in some corners, there is belief that even Satan will be saved in the end. We are so far under the expected obedience of what a saved person is to be like. Where are you in the spectrum of things? Do you “continue in sin, that grace may abound?” (Romans 6:1). Or do you “establish the law” (Romans 3:31)?

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Outside of kids pretending to be a doctor, an astronaut, etc., pretending to be something you are not is a lie. Pretending to be mean is a lie. Pretending to be selfish is a lie. Pretending to give an answer of “No” when the expectation is “Yes” is a lie. So, how many times a day do you lie?

Friday, April 12, 2019

What is most important to you is what you find time for. So, how much time do you spend in prayer and in Bible study?

Thursday, April 11, 2019

People slap things together and call it jerry-rigged, and some times it works. Unfortunately, being ready to meet the Lord is not something to jerry-rig. “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Joshua 22:5). “Be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless” (2 Peter 3:14). So, how diligent are you regarding your spiritual life?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Just because someone prays to know the truth does not mean they will instantly know the truth. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). What that means is that when we pray to be guided by the Holy Spirit into truth, we need to stop holding onto unverified beliefs. Too often we come to the Bible with preconceived ideas and the Holy Spirit cannot work with that. So, are you open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance?

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Many talk about finding an escape. People turn to drugs and alcohol for an escape out of reality. Others find their escape in video games while still others find their escape in movies and TV. So, for a few hours people do not have to deal with reality thinking that they will be able to better handle whatever they are challenged with when the escape is over only to face depression afterwards, even if they do not know it because their reality is so different from what they were just experiencing. It creates bad attitudes towards life and increases sarcasm. The devil does not care how tame the video game, movie, or TV program is, as long as he can cause this constant drop into depression, he is chiseling away the Christian experience. Christians, on the other hand, simply deal with reality and do not seek the escape. Now, how much time do you try to escape?

Monday, April 08, 2019

People may root for a movie actor to get up once they have been knocked down and are thrilled when the actor is on their feet with a second to spare, but there is a real life getting up that is more serious and more concerning that even Heaven is involved in. “For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). So, are you a hero in your own story?

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Discipline is the constant right choice in a matter. Discipline is formed through exercise of making that right choice and not just simply having an inherited attribute. So, how much discipline exercise per day are you having?

Friday, April 05, 2019

Love is caring more for the soul being in Heaven than the feelings on earth. Which do you care about more?

Thursday, April 04, 2019

For some reason, many Christians believe that to show love to someone, correction of belief ought not be performed. Though many do not see it this way, they believe it is better to leave someone in ignorance, let them get hurt, and sympathize with them afterwards. That is not love. Those may be kind deeds, but God says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19). So, do you correct people’s false beliefs or are you going to just let them go to hell? Keep in mind, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand” (Ezekiel 3:18).

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

“And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him” (Luke 17:4). That does not mean we are to sin against God all the day long expecting forgiveness. First, it does not say that it is the same transgression, nor does it reveal the intention of the transgressor to honestly repent each time. We are to have “an honest and good heart” (Luke 8:15) not committing a transgression expecting forgiveness for that would be the sin of presumption combined with whatever transgression we commit, but rather certain sins are more challenging than others to lay off and God understands that. So, do you honestly struggle with sin, or do you have an attitude of “It doesn’t matter; God will forgive me”?

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Matthew 19:16-19 states, “And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Eternal life is eternal life. There is not eternal life for this man, or for the Jews, or for Christians. Here, we see that the Ten Commandments are part of having eternal life. Yes, the first four were not mentioned, but do you really think God would tolerate other gods? Even His worship day is His and keeping another day is someone else’s day despite claiming to worship Jesus on it. So, do you keep the commandments or do you simply do “good” of that which you think is good?

Monday, April 01, 2019

Proverbs 19:3 states, “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.” I propose that those that join in the foolishness of the day are not truly following God in all His ways, and even wrestle against God regarding His expectations. So, are you a fool today or a Christian?

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Jesus said, “And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). Many, many Christians think that the Ten Commandments have been replaced with just two commandments, this being the second one. Some say that this so-called second commandment is just a summary of the last six commandments with Jesus’ first commandment being a summary of the first four commandments establishing that the Ten Commandments are still binding. Who is right? Well, according to Matthew 19:18-19, we hear that Jesus said, “Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” We see that Jesus’ intention was to summarize and not replace the Ten Commandments. Paul further writes in Romans 13:9, “Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Therefore, again it is a summary and not a replacement. Now, do you know how to love your neighbor, which is to keep the last six commandments, or do you just go on feelings to define that love mixing it up with what is actually kind acts?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Ours is not to question why. Like soldiers on a field of battle, we are to follow orders exactly as given. Sure, our curiosity may want to know why, but to wait until we know why is wrong. For instance, in the Old Testament, we are told, “flesh with the life thereof, [which is] the blood thereof, shall ye not eat” (Genesis 9:4). Please notice that this restriction on meat eating with blood in it still was given to Noah, the new father of everyone, Jew and non-Jew. Therefore, it is not a Jewish thing to eat only kosher meats. This is further reiterated in the Book of Acts (Acts 15:20, 29; 21:25). Yet Christians wonder why such a restriction exists and if they cannot come up with a good reason, they do not obey the command of God. They claim that meats are prepared much healthier as in times past. Nonsense! If anything, it is worse because of greed. The FDA does not test every animal. And by the time something serious shows up in the tests, the meat has already gone to market. No wonder we have recalls on meats, but usually it is after a number of people get sick or even die. Basically, whatever disease the animal had, it is carried in the blood and past onto the eater. So, are you a good soldier following orders, or do you not act upon orders until you know why, and only then if you agree to the reason do you act?

Thursday, March 28, 2019

When the early Christians went forth teaching the gospel, they all taught the same thing. When there was a controversy on doctrine, they had a counsel to work it out and went back to teaching the same thing (Acts 15). This is true unity. The false unity is the practice of keeping one’s own doctrine but when together, only speak on those doctrines held in common and remaining silent upon those things that differ. Today, there is only one main doctrine that is agreed upon – We are saved by Jesus Christ. But each denomination can have their own baptism, own belief on the state of the dead, own worship style, and so on. If any taught something different, we are told “mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” (Romans 16:17). So, do you have the right doctrine? The odds are against you for there are 42,000 different denominations all with a slight difference in doctrine, but we are told, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2 John 1:9). Again, do you have the right doctrines? Your salvation depends upon it.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Paul wrote, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not” (1 Corinthians 10:23), but when it comes to edifying, “let him deny himself” (Matthew 16:24), and “seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12). In other words, just because a person can do something does not mean they should. They must not check to see if it gratifies self but rather if it promotes the church, God’s way. So, do you “please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved” (1 Corinthians 10:33), or do you just selfishly go through each day not caring what message you represent to others?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Negative words ought to be carefully chosen. If negativity needs to be spoken, it ought to be constructive. Saying to someone, “You’re a loser” is not very constructive. Telling someone, “if you were to put more effort into it, stop looking for the opportunity to take a break, stop looking for ways to shortcut it, and just do it, you would experience a better life.” So, do you react to people just from feelings or through helpfulness?

Monday, March 25, 2019

The way the world makes a decision is to make a list of pros and cons. For example, should I take this job? On the pros, it pays well, close to home, friendly environment, good benefits, and is in my field of expertise. On the cons, it does require a little dishonesty, and the hours are not exactly what I would like but they are workable. Therefore, the pros win and I should take the job. God’s way is that it violets a commandment and seeing that it cannot be separated out, the job ought to be rejected. So, how do you approach decisions? God’s way or the worlds?

Sunday, March 24, 2019

So, there was once a child who was brought up in the drug environment. The child was around foul language all their life. The child was beaten for no reason. The child was raped numerous times. God was never exposed to the child except in a cursing way. While on the playground, the child was picked on once again being a rough neighborhood. This time, the child was going to stand up for themselves and really lay into the other children to the point that serious harm came to those children, hospitalizing them. Finally, the child, now a teenager, took their own life. At the funeral, all kinds of justification for everything was being tossed around to the point that most concurred that the child would still be in Heaven explaining how the lifestyle is what formed the child, which is true, and that God would understand. What people do not understand is that there is a difference between a reason and an excuse the terrible behavior. God excuses people for not knowing about certain rules, but He does not excuse, even for the greatest reasons, known sins. The child knew beating other children to a pulp was wrong. The child knew taking one’s life was wrong. Therefore, there was no excuse, even though there are reasons. So, you may have reasons for doing what you do, like easily losing the temper, being impatient, using certain foul words, being a bad parent, even continuing to chose Sunday as the Sabbath despite knowing the true Sabbath, but do you really have an excuse in God’s eyes?

Friday, March 22, 2019

Yesterday day, we read, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3). Do you read it as something like a diary and no big deal, or God’s intention for us and apply it to your life? It ought to be the latter answer.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The reason the Bible says, “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me” (Psalms 101:3) is that what we watch subconsciously settles into the mind. Wrong images and wrong words feed the mind wrong, preparing it to react in a wrong way in a future moment. We may think ourselves able to see through such stuff knowing right from wrong while we are watching and listening to it, but the principle of “by beholding we are changed” (2 Corinthians 3:18) still applies or God is a liar. Sure, we may not react exactly as portrayed but it surely will not be God’s perfect way. Now, how much time do you spend viewing, listening, and reading from God’s perspective His way of handling life?

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

If a person pretends to be one thing quite often, they are actually that person. If a person pretends everyday to be difficult, in reality, they are difficult. They may be trying to just act, but by doing such, they are actually becoming what they are acting. At first, it may be for a laugh; it may have been because they saw it in the movies or on TV. Even though in their mind they are only acting, the fact that it is so frequently part of them, that is who they are. Besides, acting like something a person is not is a lie, which is breaking a commandment of God. If there is acting like someone, it ought to be like Jesus, and just maybe, we may become like Him, which is to be the ultimate goal. “We know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). So, do you act differently than you ought?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

We are told, “whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). How does one clean a toilet to the glory of God? Easy. God expects perfection (Hebrews 13:21), which is, to do it to the best of our ability. So, even in dirty jobs, do you do everything to the best of your ability?

Monday, March 18, 2019

By pretending to be one thing they supposedly are not, they are actually preparing for a future fall. Being sarcastic just to get a laugh but claim to not be a sarcastic person is preparing themselves to be sarcastic during a crisis. A person who pretends to get upset and huff just to get a laugh is preparing to throw a tantrum when things fall apart. What we practice prepares us to react in that manner when pushed into a reactionary moment. So, what manner are you preparing yourself to react?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

If one party tries to act like another party just to retain office so that they can have the “power”, just who really has the power then? Therefore, if a person acts the way others would want them to act and they do not act in a manner they themselves want to act, again, who has the power? So, are you one that acts differently than who you really are?

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Bible says, "Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity" (2 Timothy 2:19). That means, everyone that claims to be Christian would stop sinning, just as John tell us, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not” (1 John 2:1). “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 John 3:8). Then, how can all those “I’m saved” people who continue in sin still think they are saved? That is because “The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). So, are you thinking you are saved while enjoying sin, or “if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1) that “we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9) and “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17)?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Many play the “what if” game. What if I chose to be someone else? What if back on a certain date I had made a different choice. What if… That is exactly what the devil wants people to do – waste mental energy undermining the here and now. God wants people to look forward and not backward. The past cannot be changed. The future has endless opportunities. Most of all, there is to be only two main goals in life and therefore, eventually, all roads lead to them. The first goal is to be right with God. The second goal is to help others be right with God. The fact that a person collects trash, is a stay at home parent, is an executive, is a celebrity, is insignificant because all that is to be used to prosper the gospel. So, are you regretting your life’s choices, or are you happily serving God wherever you are in life?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Everyone makes wrong choices at some point in their life. Some wrong choices are even sinful. The devil loves to debilitate us from moving forward. One tool in his collection is that of weighing people down with guilt despite the person already confessing to God. No wonder God says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6). Therefore, if a person truly confessed their sin, believe then that forgiveness has come. And then, when the guilt returns, simply believe that it was a learning experience and move on as being “faultless before the presence of his glory” (Jude 1:24). So, will you allow the devil to continue to weigh you down with guilt, or will you simply move forward striving to not repeat the sin?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Looking up every form of the word “obey” and “obedience” yields 141 verses. That is a lot. Each one claims the basic expectation to obey God and live. One of the strongest is found in the New Testament verse of Romans 6:16, which asks, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” There are only two choices. We either obey God or we do not. There is not a third choice that interjects, “unless we are saved”. In other words, being “saved” does not free us from obeying God! In fact, “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). So, as a Christian, do obey God or not? Keep in mind, there are hundreds of other verses that have the same theme using synonyms, such as Joshua 24:15 with the word “serve”: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” So, who will you serve?

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jesus said this of the leadership in His day: “[Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9). But today if one were to say such, the result would be, “brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers” (1 Corinthians 6:6). But, will you back down from protecting the innocent just because we live in a lawsuit timeframe?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

To each activity, there is more than one perspective. Instead of jumping to conclusions or just seeing it from your perspective, have you considered asking questions? It comes down to the perspective of why a person does something and not from the observer. Many brutality videos by police officers pick up at the time of the beating and miss what lead up to it, like the assailant killing an officer to begin the chase, for instance. Because someone does something by routine against what the Bible teaches, do they do it in ignorance, like honoring Sunday when the Sabbath is what is taught? So, again, do you ask questions or make your own conclusions?

Friday, March 08, 2019

Why is it that procrastinators call responsible people workaholics? Of course, guilt is the reason. The Bible is clearly against procrastination. It says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6), and “By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through” (Ecclesiastes 10:18). In fact, it was the seeking of idle time that brought on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Ezekiel 16:49). Now, not all of the putting off of something to later is true procrastination, but if putting something off is for the exchange of wasting time, that is when such is condemned. Some people look for a better time to deal with a certain task and therefore, will do something else productive until that time arrives. That is fine, but putting it off hoping someone else will deal with it or that it will go away is wrong. So, how much do you seek to put things off so you can enjoy the here and now?

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Those that say, “Live a little” might as well say, “Sin a little.” The life of a true Christian is boring in comparison, though to a true Christian, it is not. And those that feel the boredom of being a true Christian are actually not true Christians. A true Christian does not drink alcohol, waste money by eating out frequently, waste money going to worldly places, waste time watching TV or going to the movies, does not listen to worldly music, does not care about celebrities and sports, does not sit around and “chew the fat”, does not express themselves in any form of attention be it with jewelry or piercings, have clothing that is modest and not rebellious, are also health conscious, etc. So, are you “living a little” or are you a true Christian who finds joy in pleasing and living according to God’s ways?

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Part 2 on prayer is where the Bible says, “Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Yes, we are to pray for one another as well, but notice the context. Is it to score a goal? Do good on a test? Get a job? No. If a person wrongs you, pray that they may be healed of wronging people. Instead of giving someone a hand gesture, pray for them. When someone is rude, pray for them. When someone confesses that they have been wronging another without them knowing, much prayer ought to be had. When a person has suffered a loss or is sick, pray for them to endure and not curse God. So, do you misuse praying for one another or do you pray correctly?

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Prayer is not magic. We do not pray to God for patience and get it. It is developed. We do not pray to God to get us out of a situation but through it. The focus is not on the garbage that is happening but our character in handling the garbage. Jesus said, “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak” (Matthew 26:41). That is because the reaction of the flesh when someone wrongs us or things are out of control around us is to be quitting, lashing out, or other fleshly, blood flowing response. “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). That is because character is developed during much tribulation, and in these last days, we have much character development to undertake in a short time, therefore, expect day after day to be an uphill battle. Jesus also said, “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep [it], and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15). Therefore, do not be questioning God, “Why is it that day in and day out I have this garbage to deal with?” Patience is the most difficult thing to develop of all of the character traits. If life is going smoothly, that means God is giving up on us. Look for the good and receive it with a blessing. Do not look to the evil of it because that leads to depression, even the dark side. Both exists pretty much in all things. The devil enhances the bad so that a person will latch on and fail. God encourages the good hoping that we will focus on it and overcome. So, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne”. And He, for three and a half years was hounded and harassed to ultimately ending in a brutal day and death. What little things are ticking you off in comparison?

Monday, March 04, 2019

In 1979, Pink Floyd released a song called “Another Brick in the Wall”, which contains the words, “We don’t need education”. In 1983, Cyndi Lauper released a song called “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” containing the words “I come home in the morning light”, which means that she was out all night. In 1984, Twisted Sister released a song called “We’re not Gonna Take It”. And there are many more songs with the same Satanic theme – rebellion. I say it is satanic because rebellion is what started the war in Heaven. Rebellion is what got Adam and Eve to sin. Rebellion is what crucified Jesus. And rebellion has been increasing and becoming more acceptable in society ever since to the point that people say, “It’s just a song.” No, it is not. Music enters the brain much easier than mere talking. Put sin to music and people are praising Satan and even conforming to it. Songs are a way to control people. Besides, the greatest song leader is none other than Satan. He can sing all four parts to any song having more than one pipe (Ezekiel 28:13). Of course, he would use songs to make sin appear more acceptable because he is the best at it. So, are you praising sin and Satan through sinful songs, or God and obedience through hymns?

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Whatever label humans put on sin, God says, “I [am] the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6), therefore, it still is sin. Therefore, bad habits are sin. Alternative lifestyles are still sin. Letting a little rebellion out is still sin. Indulging into just a little sinful indulgence is still sin. Looking but not touching is still sin. White lies are still sin. Little lies are still sin. So, what label have you justified sin in your life with?

Friday, March 01, 2019

Forgiveness and foolishness do not go together, yet, that is exactly the expectation. A person can truly repent but that does not mean a person is to be placed into the same environment to be tempted again. A convicted pedophile ought not be driving school children around. A convicted bank robber ought not to become a bank teller. A gambling addicted person ought not go near a horserace track. Moving ministers around to different congregations that have sinful issues is not wise. Listening to testimony from a convicted liar is not wise. So, do you forgive and are wise, or do you forgive and become foolish?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Today marks the end of the first two months of 2019 already. How are you doing on that New Year’s resolution. Remember, it is not the fact you may have failed but “a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16). So, are you still getting up, or have you given into “mischief”, defeat, and are waiting until 2020 to try again?

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

When the Bible says, “A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly” (Proverbs 18:24), accumulating numerous friends on FaceBook, numerous followers on Twitter, and connecting with others on other social media platforms is not what God had in mind. No wonder “the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). So, how many people do you actually interact with on the physical level?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Satan has many distractions to diffuse the army of Christ. If he does not get people on sports, politics seems to divide and polarize people. Political issues never get resolved. Those that praise Roe v. Wade are in fear that it will be overturned. Those that want Planned Parenthood defunded are thrown many possibilities, getting so close, and yet, it never happens. They are always holding out for the next opportunity. Name an issue and the pendulum of that issue seems to swing back and forth never quite reaching the results as one side or the other desires. And as we see, change congress, change the president and it swings back the other way erasing the accomplishments along the way from the prior administration. It is planned that way to simply occupy people’s time when they should do as Jesus did – ignore the issues and let that which Caesar is doing to Caesar but what belongs to God ought to be done. We have a mission to spread the gospel. So, how distracted are you from that mission?

Monday, February 25, 2019

After yesterday’s post regarding the NFL, some wonder what about baseball? Other than declaring they are the best, they are number one, that they brag, what else is wrong with this primarily, non-contact sport? Deception is the first answer. When the opposing team has players on base, there is the fake throw to the catcher to try and catch the runner off base. There are the deceptive signals given to players as well. The second answer is stealing. The third answer is the fact that there is contact and highly encouraged hard contact to try and knock the ball to the ground. And the fourth answer is that it still supports illicit activity and no Christian should knowingly place temptation before anyone else. That means, by buying the paraphernalia, buying tickets, it allows the team to pay the outrageous salary that tempts the player or staff to join into an adulterous lifestyle, drug addiction, or other reckless behavior. No other way of life, outside of celebrities, enjoy so much in illicit activity. Accountants do not, disposal engineers do not, doctors do not, teachers do not, etc. Now when I say do not, we are speaking in the majority. Celebrities who do not partake in illicit activity are an exception, while a teacher having illicit activity is the exception. And rooting on the team or player is the same as partaking in their sins. “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15). So, do you support illicit activity of celebrities in any form?

Sunday, February 24, 2019

According to the news, the Patriots owner is being investigated regarding a prostitution sting. That means both on the field and off the field, a Christian ought not support these games financially or with their time because to do so is to support lifestyles that are sinful as well as the activity on the field is sinful. A fake pass is lying. Tackling is hurtful, covered under that one about “Thou shalt not murder”. Striving to beat everyone else out for the prize is coveting. Having favorite players, wearing the team jersey, or even wearing a player’s jersey is idolizing. Listening to the use of the Lord’s name is taking His name in vain. Players sleeping around, unlike an employee here or there, but almost all the players and even owners is supporting adultery. Cheating with a deflated ball or other methods is stealing. And when the Bible teaches that we ought “in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3), each player bragging that they are number one goes completely against that principle. There is absolutely nothing Biblical to sports, even when a player prays in the corner, makes some religious sign, etc. That is just blasphemy against God for God is not into sports. So, are you caught into sports?

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Bible says, “Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her. And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through [the fire] to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I [am] the LORD” (Leviticus 18:20-21), and we think it to be horrible to allow a young child risk their lives as parents watch on to perform this task of running through the fire. This reference to allow children to pass through the fire of Molech follows a forbiddance to committing adultery. Well, it is even worse today. Mostly from forbidden sexual activity, unwanted children are torn up and gotten rid of through a process called abortion. Our society has not become more enlightened; we just have found modern ways to do worse things than they did in ages past. So, do you support abortion or do you find it horrible as well?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Thou shalt not covet covers more than just wanting something someone else has or wanting someone else’s spouse. It also covers simply not being content with the life one has. Sure, striving towards a better life is fine, but wishing for some other life that will never happen is coveting. “I wish I was a movie actor”; “I wish I was a royal member”, “I wish I had a million dollars” “I wish I…”. So, how much coveting do you do each day?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

How much time do you spend on social media? Watching TV? Reading worldly content like novels? Going to movies? If that proportion leans to much more than what spiritual feeding you could be experiencing instead, no wonder people cannot believe they can be sinless. What the mind is exposed to is what it tends to imitate. So, how balanced is your life?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

People remember all kinds of dates from history quite often. If you are old enough, do you remember where you were when you heard that JFK was shot? How about Ronald Reagan? How about the space shuttle explosion? How about the Berlin wall coming down? Nine-eleven? How about “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God” (Exodus 20:8-10)?

Monday, February 18, 2019

“Warning! This product may be harmful to your health!” When people see that, right minded people will avoid that product or at least take precautions. “Warning! Bridge freezes before road surface!” When people see that, right minded people will avoid that product or at least take precautions. Jesus basically said, “Warning. Take heed that no man deceive you!” And people do not avoid such preachers and they take no precautions. They argue that doctrines do not matter. They argue that obedience is not a requirement for Jesus paid it all. They argue that all we have to do is believe. They just argue and do not submit to God. Do you argue like that or are you at least taking precautions using God’s Word to test with?

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Bible says, “And [when] the people complained, it displeased the LORD” (Numbers 11:1). So, do you complain and displease God? Just about everyone has been tricked into complaining without realizing it. If any take part in the Monday blues, they are a complainer displeasing God. Every person that has to stop enjoying the weekend and has to now return to employment activity ought to simply start Monday off with, “Thank you God that I am employed earning what is necessary to pay my bills and put food on the table.” Anything short of that, including posts on Facebook of how terrible Mondays are, is part of the complainer’s group. So again, are you a complainer displeasing God, which equates to being displeased in the end for God will not allow entrance into Heaven to such people, also known as murmurers (1 Corinthians 10:6-11)?

Friday, February 15, 2019

Did you know that the command given to Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful, and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) applies to us as well? And I am not talking about having kids. Jesus said, “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:20), referring to having “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22) and with that, we ought to go and multiply. “He that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more” (Matthew 25:20). Now the talents are symbolic for we are to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). So, are you developing the fruit you ought and multiplying more disciples for Christ?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The antichrist is described as “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4) and that “all the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3), which overall, is a pagan form of religion, as the beast is made up of “a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion” (Revelation 13:2) referring to the teachings of Greece, Medo-Persia, and Babylon. Now, how are atheists, unbelievers, even other religions, let alone all the different Christian denominations going to bow down to this antichrist by accepting pagan worship? Just as simple as it is to get all of these people to honor, exchange gifts and cards, etc., on a supposed saint’s day called Valentines. All refers to the majority of which atheists even honor Valentine’s day. And if even atheists can join in on this day, they can be gullible for bigger things. So, how gullible are you regarding today, or for that matter, any other day respected that is not biblical?

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The numbers 200,000,001 through the rest of the numbers seem to not appear in the Bible but the unknown highest Bible number does and is in Revelation 5:11-12, which says, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” Can you imagine that gathering? If faithful, we could be part of it. “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:2-4). So, will you be and remain faithful?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The numbers 100,000,001 through 199,999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 200,000,000 does and is in Revelation 9:16, which says, “And the number of the army of the horsemen [were] two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.” That is going to be a spectacular display at the second coming, but keep in mind their mission. “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 13:38-43). So, which are you? A tare, which is one that looks like a Christian but lives like the world, or a wheat, one that lives the Christian lifestyle?

Monday, February 11, 2019

The numbers 1,300,001 through 99,999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 100,000,000 does and is Daniel 7:10, which says, “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” This scene takes place after a series of beast arise representing Babylon (Daniel 7:4 lion), Medo-Persia (verse 5 bear), Greece (verse 6 leopard), Rome (verse 7 ugly beast), which places the judgment well after 476 AD. The horns of verse 8 is Europe but specifically we have a little horn power that arises, being the antichrist, that is to rule for a period of 1,260 years (verse 25 use of prophetic days covering a year, two years, and a divided or half a year using God’s day for a year principle in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6). That now brings us to 1798 where the judgment is just in a “set” position, meaning, God was not judging yet. But John sees Jesus returning in Revelation 14:14-16 with a specific message just prior to the second coming happening in Revelation 14:6-7, stating, “the hour of his judgment is come”. So, between 1798 and the second coming, judgment moves from the “set” position into the active state for when “the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27), meaning, the judgment is already over. Daniel 8:14 pinpoints the year to be 1844 when the judgment of the dead began and the since then, “as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27), He continues judging the dead but at some point, it will be declared of the living, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11). So, are you in a condition to be judged for Heaven today if God were to switch to judging the living?

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The numbers 1,100,001 through 1,099,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,300,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 14:9, which says, “And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.” Zerah or Zarah means "rising". Ethiopia means “black”. Mareshah means "crest of a hill". And today, John wrote for our time, “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:3), and “The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth” (Revelation 17:9). Instead of rising over the crest of the hill, this false church system rules from seven mountains. It has reached the peak, set up a headquarters, and is leading many into darkness. But there are some that it is said, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5). So, which are you? In darkness or light? In self-guidance, man-made traditions, or the Word of God?

Friday, February 08, 2019

The numbers 1,000,001 through 1,099,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,100,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 21:5, which says, “And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all [they of] Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah [was] four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.” This is an interesting way of saying “adult men” but that begs the question, are we spiritual adult men or are we mere babies. The Bible says, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts” (Isaiah 28:9). If we have been a Christian for a long time and are still just able to only refer to the Bible stories, we are still breast feeding. But if we are taking “precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little” (Isaiah 28:10), really studying the Bible, then we are spiritual men and women. So, how do you use the Bible?

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The numbers 800,001 through 999,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 1,000,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 22:14, which says, “Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.” A thousand thousand talents of silver turns out to be a million. That seems to be a lot, but in the scheme of things, it actually all belongs to God. So, though you may return a tithe (10%) of your income to God and maybe even offerings, how wisely do you spend the rest of God’s money?

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The numbers 675,001 through 799,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 800,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 13:3, which says, “And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, [even] four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, [being] mighty men of valour.” And spiritually, today we can be “chosen” too for God declares, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Every time people sin, they show darkness. When people cease from sinning, they show God’s marvelous light. So, are you chosen or not?

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The numbers 603,551 through 674,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 675,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:32, which says, “And the booty, [being] the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep.” Right now, true Christians are the prey, but one day, our Shepherd is going to come victoriously through the clouds for “the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) and we shall no longer be the prey. Are you “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:12)

Monday, February 04, 2019

The numbers 601,731 through 603,549 seem to not appear in the Bible but 603,550 does and is found in Numbers 2:32, which says, “These [are] those which were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their hosts [were] six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.” In continuation from yesterday, in the sequence of Bible numbers, here is the starting number of which went down by nearly 2,000 people over time, which is not typical because population usually increases in time. But due to a serious partaking of sin, especially of a sensual nature, a plague was permitted to enter the camp killing off a number of Israelites. Today, Christians ought not experience the same plague, like aids, venereal diseases, etc., but they do. The reason is because they are partaking in the same sensual pleasures as the rest of the world ignoring God’s promise: “Hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee” (Exodus 15:26). So, what other ramifications of illnesses, if any, do you experience in life by not hearkening to the voice of God through the Bible?

Sunday, February 03, 2019

The numbers 600,001 through 601,729 seem to not appear in the Bible but 601,730 does and is found in Numbers 26:51, which says, “These [were] the numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand seven hundred and thirty.” This was down from “six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty" (Numbers 2:32). That number is 603,550, a loss of almost 2,000 plus the amount that they ought to have increased during the time of chapter 2 and chapter 26. But even 2,000 to die during the period of sensual pleasure found in chapter 25 is significant. Today, many Christians enjoy the sensual in the form of porn, illicit sexual activity, and simply dressing proactively, especially using the excuse of going swimming. Sadly, all who do not repent and change their lifestyle will see the same fate and be lost no matter how much they claim to be saved. So, how much do you willingly participate in?

Friday, February 01, 2019

The numbers 500,001 through 599,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 600,000 does and is found in Exodus 12:37, which says, “And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot [that were] men, beside children.” That was no small feat to move that many people through the desert to the Promised Land. Of course, many were lost along the way, especially for their insubordination. Today, God is trying to lead nearly eight billion people to the heavenly promised land. Unfortunately, history shall be repeated for “strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14). Have you found the strait gate, or are you just going about life carelessly?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The numbers 470,001 through 499,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 500,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 13:17, which says, “And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.” Abijah means "Jehovah is (my) father", of which was on the side of Judah. Civil war is terrible. What a shame that the children of Israel split into two nations and then killed each other, and what a large number of people who died! But, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matthew 12:25). And instead of having two sides today in Christianity, there are 42,000 choices, all at one point fought with spiritual death, and sometimes physical death. Of course, there has been an effort today to unite, but it is not being done properly, for the most part. The one movement to unite is to have everyone give up their doctrines, except for a handful, and become a one world religion united under the papacy. The other movement is to unite as Jesus prayed, “that they may be one, as we [are]” (John 17:11, 22). But He also stated what was to unit everyone: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17). So, are you uniting or coexisting with other religions by believing we all serve the same god, or are you seeking the truth in God’s Word uniting upon His doctrine?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The numbers 400,001 through 469,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 470,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 21:5, which says, “And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all [they of] Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah [was] four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.” Focusing upon Judah, which had the 470,000 men, Judah means “praised”. And we are told, “that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11). So, “in all things” that you do, does it praise God or Satan?

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The numbers 375,001 through 399,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 400,000 does and is found in Judges 20:17, which says, “And the men of Israel, beside Benjamin, were numbered four hundred thousand men that drew sword: all these [were] men of war.” The reason Benjamin is left out is because Israel was massing an attack against the tribe of Benjamin because “the children of Benjamin would not hearken to the voice of their brethren the children of Israel” (Judges 20:13). And the reason that Israel was preparing to attack Benjamin is because of the question Israel posed: “What wickedness [is] this that is done among you?” (Judges 20:12) This involved a concubine (Judges 20:4), a sexual object. And today, instead of spiritual Israel, the church, standing up against sexual perversion, it is welcoming it in with homosexual ministers, transgender ministers, and many other perversions. So, will you also play the reverse role of Benjamin and stand up as the minority against this wickedness?

Monday, January 28, 2019

The numbers 337,501 through 374,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 375,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 26:13, which says, “And under their hand [was] an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.” Our King is Jesus. Are you helping God against the enemy, Satan, by not allowing sin in your life, or are you a traitor and are carelessly giving into a little sin here and a little sin there?

Sunday, January 27, 2019

The numbers 300,001 through 337,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 337,500 does and is found in Numbers 31:43 which says, “(Now the half [that pertained unto] the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand [and] seven thousand and five hundred sheep.” This was the portion of the spoils after conquering the enemy, the Midianites. We do not get the spoils of our enemy but we do get a reward: eternal life. So, do you count the reward of victory over the devil greater than what this earth has to offer?

Friday, January 25, 2019

The numbers 280,001 through 299,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 300,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 25:5, which says, “Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of [their] fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice [men, able] to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.” Focusing upon the 300,000 being choice men, God is today looking for choice people. He says, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). So, are you completely out of darkness, error, the unknown, and are in His marvelous light, truth, and the known?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The numbers 250,001 through 279,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 280,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 14:8, which says, “And Asa had an army [of men] that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all these [were] mighty men of valour.” As a reminder, Benjamin means "son of the right hand". And we know the One that Benjamin pointed to: “Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64). He is definite a man of valor. And seeing that we are to “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6), we too ought to strive to be a person of valor. So, are you?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The numbers 200,001 through 249,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 250,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 5:21, which says, “And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.” And that is the result of going to “war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab” (1 Chronicles 5:19). Now, if we go to war with Satan and cease from our sinful ways, we shall also receive a reward: eternal life. But, if we are allowing Satan to rule our life, we will follow our ruler to eternal damnation. So, are you warring or not?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The numbers 186,401 through 199,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 200,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 17:16, which says, “And next him [was] Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.” And that is to be our attitude as well. We ought to be willingly offered unto God. “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's” (Romans 14:8). “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). So, have you died to self and now live for God, always from henceforth?

Monday, January 21, 2019

The numbers 185,001 through 186,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 185,000 does and is found in Numbers 2:9, which says, “All that were numbered in the camp of Judah [were] an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first set forth.” This is the first wave of the army from Judah in which spiritually transpired in the days of the apostles for Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard” (Matthew 20:1). We are nearing the time that Jesus said, “And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?” (Matthew 20:6). So, are you idle or are you involved in spreading the gospel?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The numbers 180,001 through 184,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 185,000 does and is found in 2 Kings 19:35, which says, “And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses.” If we surrender all to God, God will fight our battles, but when selfishness avails, that is when deeper problems occur. So, how many challenges in life do you go into without seeking God’s way of handling things?

Friday, January 18, 2019

The numbers 157,601 through 179,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 180,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 12:21, which says, “And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.” So, technically it was Judah against Israel, which was a bit of a civil war going on. Those that held to the true worship, Judah in Jerusalem against those that did not but claimed to be of God keeping the name Israel. It is much like today. “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12) on one side, and everyone else against them because they do not keep the commandments, at least all of them. They either keep a revised version or claim grace does away with the law. One particular commandment is the one about keeping a whole day holy that God sanctified called the Sabbath. Sunday was never sanctified. So, on which side of the Christian civil war are you on? Those that keep the commandments or those that do not?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The numbers 153,601 through 157,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 157,600 does and is found in Numbers 2:31, which says, “All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan [were] an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards.” Standards are understood multiple ways. In this case, literally, it is the emblem of the tribe along with the colors, but all of that stands for something as well. And spiritually, standards are rules or commandments, of which God still has. So, do you line up yourself behind God’s standards, or do you claim grace to have your own standards?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The numbers 151,451 through 153,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 153,600 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 2:17, which says, “And Solomon numbered all the strangers that [were] in the land of Israel, after the numbering wherewith David his father had numbered them; and they were found an hundred and fifty thousand and three thousand and six hundred.” And spiritually speaking of the word “stranger”, Psalms 119:19 says, “I [am] a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.” So, when encountering a non-believer, do you hide your Christianity?

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The numbers 144,001 through 151,449 seem to not appear in the Bible but 151,450 does and is found in Numbers 2:16, which says, “All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben [were] an hundred thousand and fifty and one thousand and four hundred and fifty, throughout their armies. And they shall set forth in the second rank.” As stated before, Christianity is not about having a party atmosphere as many choices have today. It is not even a relaxing life. It is a life of warfare. When one becomes a Christian, we are a soldier for Christ. “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:4). So, do the affairs or ways of this world entangle you with its sports, entertainments, fashions, foods, drinks, etc., or do you live off of just the necessities of life saving souls as guided by the Commander, Jesus?

Monday, January 14, 2019

The numbers 120,001 through 143,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 144,000 does and is found in Revelation 7:4, which says, “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” Lots of people talk about avoiding the Mark of the Beast but hardly anyone talks about the Seal of God. People can successfully avoid the Mark of the Beast but not have the Seal of God and that would be a sad situation, while people with the Seal of God automatically avoid the Mark of the Beast, therefore, it is more important to have the Seal of God instead of just trying to avoid the Mark of the Beast. So, do you have God’s seal? Do you even know what it is?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The numbers 108,101 through 119,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 120,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 8:63, which says, “And Solomon offered a sacrifice of peace offerings, which he offered unto the LORD, two and twenty thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep. So the king and all the children of Israel dedicated the house of the LORD.” Sin caused a rift between us and the Father, but our Peace offering is found in Jesus “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). So, do you accept Jesus as your Peace offering?

Friday, January 11, 2019

The numbers 100,001 through 108,099 seem to not appear in the Bible but 108,100 does and is found in Numbers 2:24, which says, “All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim [were] an hundred thousand and eight thousand and an hundred, throughout their armies. And they shall go forward in the third rank.” Many years have gone by since Jesus walked the earth in bodily form, but just as there were ranks in the days of Moses physically, we march forward nearly 2,000 years later pressing against the evil and making sure that we “war a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18) pressing the gospel forward. Who knows what number rank we are, but the important question is, do you “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12)?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The numbers 87,001 through 99,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 100,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 29:6-7, which says, “Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel, and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king's work, offered willingly, And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.” God loves willing offerings and not grudgingly given offerings. So, how willing are you to give to God? Even all of His tithes (10%) and offerings (Malachi 3:8)?

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The numbers 80,001 through 86,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 87,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:5, which says, “And their brethren among all the families of Issachar [were] valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand.” Issachar means "there is recompense". Recompense or payback is not for us to do. “Recompense to no man evil for evil” (Romans 12:17) for “Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord” (Hebrews 10:30). So, how often do you payback people for their awful actions?

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The numbers 75,001 through 76,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 76,500 does and is found in 1 Kings 5:15, which says, “And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains.” A hewer is someone who cuts. Jeremiah 17:3 relates sin as being like a mountain. Of course, we ought to remember that Jesus said, “if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done” (Matthew 21:21). But at the very least, we ought to all be hewers of the mountain of sin, and by the grace of God, be cutting sin out of our lives so much so that “sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). So, how far have you gotten on your personal mountain of sin?

Monday, January 07, 2019

The numbers 75,001 through 76,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 76,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:22, which says, “These [are] the families of Judah according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and sixteen thousand and five hundred.” Remember, Judah means "praised". The Bible says, “Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever” (Psalms 106:1). We see that praising God is inclusive of giving thanks to God. So, are you thankful for the breath of life, all the things God provides, the gift of grace, etc.?

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The numbers 74,601 through 74,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 75,000 does and is found in Esther 9:16, “But the other Jews that [were] in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey.” Ephesians 6:12-18 says of the Christian who ought to stand, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” So, are you standing on God’s side or allowing the enemy to overcome you?

Friday, January 04, 2019

The numbers 72,001 through 74,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 74,600 does and is found in Numbers 1:27, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Judah, [were] threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.” Judah means "praised". So, in your actions, who do you praise? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Thursday, January 03, 2019

The numbers 70,001 through 71,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 72,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:33, which says, “And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,” which was part of “the booty” they got (Numbers 31:32) from warring “against the Midianites” (Numbers 31:7). Beeves are herds. Now we will not get any booty at the end of time from the wicked, but we will gain much once we get to Heaven. So, on which side are you striving (Luke 13:24) to be part of?

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

The numbers 64,401 through 69,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 70,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 5:15, which says, “And Solomon had threescore and ten thousand that bare burdens, and fourscore thousand hewers in the mountains.” Solomon needed 70,000 burden bears. We just need one. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:28). Now, have you made Christ your burden Bearer, or are you failing at atoning for your own sins?

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

The numbers 64,301 through 64,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 64,400 does and is found in Numbers 26:43, which says, “All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those that were numbered of them, [were] threescore and four thousand and four hundred.” Shuham means "pit-digger". The Bible says this about digging pits: “Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high” (Psalms 7:14-17). So, though people seem to get away with sin and iniquity, in the end, they will receive violence, even the fires of hell specifically. Now, what are you doing with your life? Are you thinking you are getting away with sin here and there, or are you living in obedience to God looking forward to the day that sin and sinners who refuse Christ will be no more?

Monday, December 31, 2018

The numbers 62,701 through 64,299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 64,300 does and is found in Numbers 26:25, “These [are] the families of Issachar according to those that were numbered of them, threescore and four thousand and three hundred.” Issachar means "there is recompense", a reward for loss. And sin in the world has caused much loss, but God is willing to fix the situation. God says, “I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands” (Jeremiah 25:14). So, it pays to repent that God can work in our lives. Now, will you repent of any sins in your life so God can start fixing things?

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The numbers 61,001 through 62,699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 62,700 does and is found in Numbers 1:39, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Dan, [were] threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.” Dan means "a judge", which reminds me of the fact that “the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22), however, at the same time, “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). Therefore, in the judgment, Jesus is both Judge and our Attorney. How can anyone lose in the judgement? Fire the attorney by rejecting His Word, His Way, His thinking. So, do you seek Jesus through His word, act like Him in character, and think and talk as Jesus would, which means, “to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6)?

Friday, December 28, 2018

The numbers 60,501 through 60,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 61,000 does and is found in Ezra 2:69, which says, “They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments.” Generosity to the work of God should always be foremost in our minds, but today, each pay check has the government taking their portion, and then many Christians make sure all of their needs are met, and if there is anything left over, they seem to give but a portion of that. God does have a minimum. “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation” (Malachi 3:8). So, are you robbing God, or are you giving God what rightly belongs to Him and then some?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The numbers 60,001 through 60,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 60,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:27, which says, “These [are] the families of the Zebulunites according to those that were numbered of them, threescore thousand and five hundred.” Remember, Zebulun means "exalted". The extra 3,100 people between chapter 1 and chapter 26 again shows the progression of time between chapters, but what remains the same is the character, exalting God in this case. So, are you a steady Christian or do you frequently exalt self every so often instead?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The numbers 59,301 through 59,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 60,000 does and is found in 2 Chronicles 12:3, which says, “With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people [were] without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.” We do not get much help regarding the meaning of the names, so addressing the verse as is, “Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem” (2 Chronicles 12:2) with Israel’s enemies. Why? Because “Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak” (2 Chronicles 12:5). When we excuse away obedience to God, God hands us over to life’s enemies eventually. This is stated in Romans 1:28, which says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”. So, even in the New Testament, when people seek after evil and move away from God, He gives people over to it. So, what evil do you seek, or have you been “bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5)?

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The numbers 57,401 through 59,299 seem to not appear in the Bible but 59,300 does and is found in Numbers 1:23, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Simeon, [were] fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.” Simeon or Shimeon means "heard". Jesus said, “blessed [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it” (Luke 11:28). So, have you heard the Word of God and also keep it?

Monday, December 24, 2018

The numbers 54,401 through 57,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 57,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:31, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Zebulun, [were] fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.” Zebulun means "exalted". And so, do you exalt God 100% of the time, or do you exalt self a bit too?

Sunday, December 23, 2018

The numbers 53,401 through 54,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 54,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:29, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Issachar, [were] fifty and four thousand and four hundred.” Issachar means "there is recompense". “Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee” (Proverbs 20:22). In other words, allow the Lord to pay back the evil “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord” (Hebrews 10:30). So, do you take matters into your own hands when someone wrongs you, or do you “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Romans 12:17)?

Friday, December 21, 2018

The numbers 52,701 through 53,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 53,400 does and is found in Numbers 1:43, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Naphtali, [were] fifty and three thousand and four hundred.” As a reminder, Naphtali means "wrestling". And another thing we ought to be wrestling with, in addition against spiritual wickedness, is that of receiving the blessings from God like Jacob did physically, though we need to do spiritually. “And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Genesis 32:25-26). So, do you enter into deep prayer wrestling yourself out of the world to receive a blessing of becoming a converted person through Jesus Christ?

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The numbers 50,071 through 52,699 seem to not appear in the Bible but 52,700 does and is found in Numbers 26:34, which says, “These [are] the families of Manasseh, and those that were numbered of them, fifty and two thousand and seven hundred.” As a reminder, Manasseh means "causing to forget". Hopefully we forget our sins, the desires to do such. But hopefully we do not live life so rushed that we forget God. So, do you forget what you ought to forget but remember what you ought to remember?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The numbers 50,001 through 50,069 seem to not appear in the Bible but 50,070 does and is found in 1 Samuel 6:19, which says, “And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten [many] of the people with a great slaughter.” This is reverence towards God. People died for their irreverence, and yet today, Christians go to church in the same attire they wear to the beach, ball games, and clubs. The more people dress down represents the less respect people have towards God. So, how much respect do you have towards God?

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The numbers 46,501 through 49,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 50,000 does and is found in Acts 19:19, which says, “Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found [it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.” That is a lot of money, and so when we have such a high investment in sin, we ought not weep over becoming a Christian and having to trash those items. People have trashed thousands of dollars invested into DVDs once becoming a Christian. People have dumped thousands of dollars worth of alcohol down the drain once becoming a Christian. So, are you holding back in destroying sinful items still in your home, or have you counted Heaven much more than that investment and trashed it all?

Monday, December 17, 2018

The numbers 45,651 through 46,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 46,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:21, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Reuben, [were] forty and six thousand and five hundred.” Reuben means "behold a son". Evidently about 3,000 more Reubenites were born after this point until numbered in chapter 26. It is not like the Book of Numbers was written in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. It may have been several years. Many books of the Bible were written this way, giving account of major events and inspirations over time. This is unlike authors today that sit down and pump out books. And yet, despite the amount of time from chapter 1 until the end and even from Genesis to Revelation, the consistency in the content of the Bible can be found if a person is honest in their study of it. So, how honestly do you study the Bible?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The numbers 45,601 through 45,649 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,650 does and is found in Numbers 1:25, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Gad, [were] forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.” Gad means “troop”, which of course is along the lines of being a soldier. And we are told, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). So, how are you enduring?

Friday, December 14, 2018

The numbers 45,401 through 45,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,600 does and is found in Numbers 26:41, which says, “These [are] the sons of Benjamin after their families: and they that were numbered of them [were] forty and five thousand and six hundred.” Benjamin means "son of the right hand". In our personal lives, we have “Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Romans 8:34). Now, how much time do you spend each day going to the Intercessor?

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The numbers 44,761 through 45,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 45,400 does and is found in Numbers 26:50, which says, “These [are] the families of Naphtali according to their families: and they that were numbered of them [were] forty and five thousand and four hundred.” Naphtali means "wrestling", which again goes along with yesterday’s verse in which we quoted Ephesians 6:12-13 about where our wrestling match is. It is with “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]”, even the Devil himself. But so many Christians do not even wrestle. They think once they are a Christian, Heaven is guaranteed. Then what nonsense does Satan have in attacking Christians? There is no prize for him other than having a good time in harassing. But to harass with no reward is boring. Even a child gives up harassing their siblings or friends if there is no effect and no reward. The reality of things is that once a person chooses to be a real Christian in which salvation is only guaranteed as we comply with John 10:27, which says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”, it is at that time that Satan ups his activity against the Christian in hopes of that Christian would finally say, “This Christian life isn’t worth the harassment!” So, are you deceived in security and are actually not saved from your sinning, or have you left Jesus “take away our sins” (1 John 3:5)?

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The numbers 43,731 through 44,759 seem to not appear in the Bible but 44,760 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 5:18, which says, “The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, [were] four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.” Today, “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:12-13). So, are you a valiant person putting up a “good fight” (2 Timothy 4:7)?

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The numbers 42,361 through 43,729 seem to not appear in the Bible but 43,730 does and is found in Numbers 26:7, “These [are] the families of the Reubenites: and they that were numbered of them were forty and three thousand and seven hundred and thirty.” Reuben means "behold a son". For application to us, we ought not behold just any son, but as John the Baptist said regarding Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36) And the principle applied here is, “we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). So, do you behold Jesus everyday by spending time in the Bible every day?

Monday, December 10, 2018

The numbers 42,001 through 42,359 seem to not appear in the Bible but 42,360 does and is found in Ezra 2:64, which says, “The whole congregation together [was] forty and two thousand three hundred [and] threescore.” In reality of things, that is not a whole lot of people leaving Babylon for Jerusalem, but praise God for these few. Today, we have so many in the land of confusion (Babylon) or submitting themselves to confusion and refuse to leave for a better, holier life. They still listen to preachers teaching disobedience. They enjoy the lifestyle of the lost. They do much the same things as any non-Christian, and yet declare that they get to go to Heaven in the end. Are you part of that sad group, or have you changed your entire life in accordance to the ways of God, and “have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts” (Galatians 5:24)?

Sunday, December 09, 2018

The numbers 41,501 through 41,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 42,000 does and is found in Judges 12:6, which says, “Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce [it] right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.” Not sure if this gave away the side the person was on by a mispronunciation or what, but going with that, do you misrepresent Christ spiritually by claiming to be a Christian but not able to perform properly as one by holding onto sin?

Friday, December 07, 2018

The numbers 40,501 through 41,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 41,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:41, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Asher, [were] forty and one thousand and five hundred.” Asher means “happy”, and Jesus said, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17). So, do you do the things Jesus asks you to do and are happy, or do check first to see if it agrees with your wants and desires?

Thursday, December 06, 2018

The numbers 40,001 through 40,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 40,000 does and is found in Numbers 1:33, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Ephraim, [were] forty thousand and five hundred.” According to Genesis 41:52, the Bible says, “And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” We too can be fruitful in difficult times. We jus have to “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). What are your eyes focused upon, difficulties or do you look for the blessings?

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The numbers 38,001 through 39,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 40,000 does and is found in Joshua 4:13, which says, “About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.” These were some of the people that passed over Jordan on dry land (Joshua 4:18). People may try to discredit the crossing of the Red Sea by saying it was the Reed Sea, which was more like swamp land, but they fail to mention the Jordan as well. That is because many Christians think there was only one splitting of the waters for Israel. They just do not know their Bibles. So, were you aware of the same miracle at the Jordan as the Red Sea?

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The numbers 37,001 through 37,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 38,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 23:3, which says, “Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and upward: and their number by their polls, man by man, was thirty and eight thousand.” Notice that they were numbered from the age of thirty. That is because that is when they could become a priest, hence why Jesus waited until the age of thirty (Luke 3:23) before beginning His ministry. In life today, this is typically when people settle down and mature. Up through the teens, they are in school. In the twenties, they are then experiencing life learning how to navigate. About the age of thirty is when people settle down, forge the path that will take them through to the rest of their life, even become more serious about God, which is a form of ministry. So, have you begun your ministry relationship with God yet?

Monday, December 03, 2018

The numbers 36,001 through 36,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 37,000 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:34, which says, “And of Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand.” Naphtali means "wrestling". This reminds me of Ephesians 6:11-13, which says, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” So, are you wrestling or not fighting against these principalities and powers in high places (Satan and his demons)?

Sunday, December 02, 2018

The numbers 35,401 through 35,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 36,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:38, which says, “And the beeves [were] thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and twelve.” Beeves are “cattle, herd, oxen, or ox”. Again, the important point here is no matter what increase in goods one receives, God ought to be in mind and receive a portion since technically it is all His. So, when you receive a gift, especially a monetary gift even in the form of a gift card, do you count any portion towards God, especially in the form of tithe?

Friday, November 30, 2018

The numbers 32,501 through 35,399 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,500 does and is found in Numbers 1:37, which says, “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Benjamin, [were] thirty and five thousand and four hundred.” Benjamin means "son of the right hand". We may understand the phrase “hand of God” is when a miracle happens or an action of God happens. As we say, “By the hand of God, He led the Israelites out of Egypt through the plagues, through the Red Sea, through the miracles in the desert.” But when the word right is used with an object, it signifies approval. Blessings were given by the right hand, for instance. So, are you a spiritual Benjamin in which God looks upon as His son or daughter in approving way?

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The numbers 32,201 through 32,499 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,500 does and is found in Numbers 26:37, which says, “These [are] the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those that were numbered of them, thirty and two thousand and five hundred. These [are] the sons of Joseph after their families.” Ephraim has no known meaning other than the fact that as second born he was actually given preference over the firstborn. Though Jesus is referred to as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature”, He was not treated as being preferred but being “rejected” (Luke 20:17). And “firstborn” does not mean Jesus was a created being for the Bible also refers to Him as “The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Now of us, we are not worthy of any special treatment but “now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). In other words, He was treated as we deserve while we will be treated as He deserves. We will be given preferential treatment. So, just how much do you appreciate what Jesus did to allow us the opportunity of eternal life?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The numbers 32,001 through 32,199 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,200 does and is found in Numbers 1:35 “Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Manasseh, [were] thirty and two thousand and two hundred.” Manasseh means "causing to forget", specifically, “And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, [said he], hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house” (Genesis 41:51). When good happens, it is to help us forget the bad, but if we insist on remembering the bad, then we are rejecting God’s blessing and choosing to embrace Satan’s depression. So, when a blessing occurs, do you downgrade it by pointing out the evils as well?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The numbers 30,501 through 31,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 32,000 does and is found in Numbers 31:35, which says, “And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.” All women, let alone men, ought to not be having any type of sexual activity until it is time to get married. If you are a young person with urges, seek the Lord to keep you. If you are sexually active but are not in a marital commitment, seek the Lord to help you stop. And those that are married and even having children, will you raise both men and women to be chased?

Monday, November 26, 2018

The numbers 30,001 through 34,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 30,500 does and is found in Numbers 31:39, which says, “And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] threescore and one.” In all that we gain (paycheck, gifts, etc.), do you consider a portion belongs to God, such as in tithe (Malachi 3:8)?

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The numbers 28,601 through 29,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 30,000 does and is found in Joshua 8:3, which says, “So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.” These 30,000 men were those that were assembled after Achan was stoned for taking that which the Lord said not to take causing Israel to lose the first battle to Ai in an embarrassing way. It is amazing what a person’s life can be like once sin is eradicated. Personally, have you gotten rid of all your sins by the grace of God?

Friday, November 23, 2018

The numbers 27,001 through 28,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 28,600 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 12:35, which says, “And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred.” “All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel [were] of one heart to make David king” (1 Chronicles 12:38). Danites, descendants of Dan, means “judge”. These people judged between the ways of Saul and the ways of David, just as we ought to judge between the ways of Satan and the ways of Jesus. If you judge the ways of Jesus to be superior to Satan, there is to be no holding back. In other words, we cannot say that we will obey most of what Jesus asks us to do. We will make a complete surrender of all of our sins. So, who do you choose to follow? “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:16)

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The numbers 26,001 through 26,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 27,000 does and is found in 1 Kings 20:30, which says, “But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and [there] a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men [that were] left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.” The context of this battle is explained in 1 Kings 20:28, which says, “And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD [is] God of the hills, but he [is] not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.” So, have you ever noticed in your life that when you pray for a new job, a new car, even food on the table that God does not seem to be so quick to respond, but when you pray that you would have the godly words to speak to someone or some other spiritual matter that God seems to answer more quickly? That is because just like this battle brought God’s reputation into the matter the earthly things are not to be put first “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The numbers 25,101 through 25,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 26,000 does and is found in Judges 20:15, which says, “And the children of Benjamin were numbered at that time out of the cities twenty and six thousand men that drew sword, beside the inhabitants of Gibeah, which were numbered seven hundred chosen men.” Why were they gathered? “To go out to battle against the children of Israel” (Judges 20:14). Continuing the story of in fighting, this is an example of church discipline. The tribe of Benjamin had done a vile thing and Israel rose up against them. Today, the opposite is true. People rise up against those preaching truth and sin is allowed. So, are you an advocate of not judging even when it comes to open sin, or do you follow the principle “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear” (1 Timothy 5:20)?

Monday, November 19, 2018

The numbers 25,001 through 25,099 seem to not appear in the Bible but 25,100 does and is found in Judges 20:35, which says, “And the LORD smote Benjamin before Israel: and the children of Israel destroyed of the Benjamites that day twenty and five thousand and an hundred men: all these drew the sword.” All of this inward fighting, is it really of God? Actually, it is. Where error is spoken, truth must push back. If we let people in error, it means that we do not love them. And it is interesting that error is allowed to go unchecked, but when truth is spoken, all kinds of fighting begins. Accusations of “legalism”, “church disturbers”, etc. come about. So, does truth and error mean anything to you, or are you just a social Christian?

Sunday, November 18, 2018

The numbers 24,001 through 24,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 25,000 does and is found in Judges 20:46, which says, “So that all which fell that day of Benjamin were twenty and five thousand men that drew the sword; all these [were] men of valour.” Israel had set up the tribe of Benjamin to fall, which parallels today. Many Christians call themselves Christian but are ready to turn upon the true Christians. Who are the true Christians? “Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). So, all those that keep not the commandments are like Israel of old. Are you one of them, or are you faithfully keeping God’s commandments?

Friday, November 16, 2018

The numbers 23,001 through 23,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 24,000 does and is found in Numbers 25:6, which says, “And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who [were] weeping [before] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw [it], he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.” On the verge of the Promised Land, going after sexual desires caused 24,000 men to fall in Israel, much like today. Not only is adultery very active among Christians, the internet has made pornography very easily accessible and for the most part, a private activity. Therefore, people can claim to be Christian while enjoying viewing such content, and it is not only men that view it either. So, are you like one of the people who appear to be mighty for God and yet have been drawn away by sexual desires, or are you fighting the good fight of faith and resisting the lure?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The numbers 22,601 through 22,999 seem to not appear in the Bible but 23,000 does and is found in Numbers 26:62, which says, “And those that were numbered of them were twenty and three thousand, all males from a month old and upward: for they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel.” “These are they that were numbered of the Levites after their families” (Numbers 26:57). We also being priests (1 Peter 2:9), our inheritance is not on earth. No earthly thing ought we to claim as our own. Every possession is just a tool to survive our journey to get to our mansions and country estates. So, how attached are you to things on earth?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The numbers 22,201 through 22,599 seem to not appear in the Bible but 22,600 does and is found in 1 Chronicles 7:2, which says, “And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's house, [to wit], of Tola: [they were] valiant men of might in their generations; whose number [was] in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred.” Tola has no meaning; Uzzi means “strong”; Rephaiah means "healed of Jehovah"; Jeriel means "taught by God"; Jahmai means "whom Jehovah guards"; Jibsam means "pleasant"; and Shemuel or Samuel means "his name is El". Also, David means "beloved". God’s Word teaches God’s way and reveals the world’s way. If we follow God’s way, we will be healed from our sins. We will have God guarding our every step. We will become strong in the Lord. Our life, even in troublous times, will be pleasant. We will belong to El and become one of His beloved. “If ye keep